Report: Chelsea target Samir Handanovic in event Thibaut Courtois leaves

Inter Milan's Samir Handanovic

Chelsea look to be lining up another goalkeeper just in case Courtois departs.

Chelsea are targeting Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic in the event that Thibaut Courtois leaves the club, according to a report in The Times

There has been some speculation surrounding the Belgian goalkeeper's future at Stamford Bridge, with suggestions that he may be attracting interest from abroad this summer. 

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However, only last week, Courtois was quoted saying that he is likely to start the new season at Chelsea unless 'something strange happens' by the London Evening Standard - who cited a Spanish radio show Onda Cero.

The Times details links with several players but it seems that incoming manager Antonio Conte is preparing for every eventuality by having a goalkeeper on his list of targets, just in case. 

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Handanovic has been Inter's number one goalkeeper for four seasons now and is pretty experienced at dealing with the pressures of being the first choice stopper at a big name club. 

In the most recent campaign, the 31-year-old made 38 appearances in all competitions, keeping 16 clean sheets for Roberto Mancini's side. 

For now, it seems that Courtois will be a Chelsea player at the start of next season, as he has shown little sign that he wants to make a move from Chelsea this summer. One would think with him on international duty, where several claims are made by players trying to switch clubs, that if he wanted to make a move he would have dropped the hint by now. 

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