Moratti: No Barcelona bid for Handanovic

The Blaugrana are rumoured to have offered €30 million for the Slovenia international, who they reportedly view as the ideal replacement for outgoing shot-stopper Victor Valdes

Inter president Massimo Moratti has dismissed reports that Barcelona have tabled a bid for goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

It has been reported that the Blaugrana have offered €30 million for the Slovenia international but the Nerazzurri supremo insists that it is the first he has heard about it.

“I don’t know anything,” Moratti is quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport. “But we are talking about one of the pillars of our team and we will look to hold on to him.”

There have also been rumours that Barca could look to lure Inter to the negotiating table by bringing Alexis Sanchez into the equation.

The Chile international has failed to settle at Camp Nou since arriving from Udinese two years ago, but he remains highly rated in Italy, as Moratti underlined.

“Sanchez is a great player but those players who can make a difference are difficult to obtain,” the oil tycoon added coyly.

Moratti explained that his current focus is on securing investment from overseas at the club in a bid to restore Inter to their place among Europe’s elite.

“It’s all true,” he admitted. “The interest of other groups is real. Certainly, though, developments of this type take time, so in this regard I’m not making any predictions.

“We must first find an agreement that matches the interest of all parties involved.”

Inter are currently fifth in Serie A, six points behind city rivals AC Milan in the battle for Italy’s third Champions League berth.