With the signing of Samir Handanovic (aged 29 this year), Inter have a real problem on their hands.
Namely, what to do in the goalkeeper department?
Firstly, a list of candidates.
Samir Handanovic - 14/07/84. Inter's current first choice keeper, and should be good for at least 5+ more years.
Francesco Bardi - 18/01/92. Inter's main young prospect, out on loan to Novara for development. Italy U-21 keeper, higher rated than Leali, almost certain to turn into a top class keeper
Vid Belec - 06/06/90. A long term regular for Crotone in the last two seasons, as first choice keeper for both of them, he poses an interesting prospect. Has not really delivered at Inter - but he hasn't had many chances. His career will be made in the next couple of seasons, where he should be loaned out for development.
Raffaele Di Gennaro - 03/10/93. Inter's goalkeeping hero from the Primavera + NextGen wins last season, 'the giraffe' is quite a highly rated, but ultimately untested, goalkeeper.
Raffaele Dalle Vedove - 28/02/94. Inter's current Primavera first choice keeper, he is solid if unspectacular in goal. He is, however, keeping out two very highly rated young keepers.
Dawid Smug - 14/01/94. A summer signing, Dawid Smug is a very highly rated young Polish keeper who came in under big fanfare, and the promise of being "predestined". Exposure this year has been limited so far, behind Dalle Vedove.
Ivica Ivusic - 01/02/95. A very highly rated young Croatian goalkeeper, who has been training with the first team for the last season. The only reason he isn't in the Primavera is the number of talented keepers already available there.
The Potential Contenders
Alessandro Mirarco - born '95. A highly rated keeper who has just spent some time on trial at Inter.
The problem should be obvious after the list. We have a lot of highly rated young players on our books - and more importantly, we have talent scouts looking for more. Bardi, the most highly rated of them, is the most interesting question. It isn't obvious how we fit Bardi into our plans with Handanovic. There is no way Inter will keep Bardi on the books for 4-5 seasons, out on loan to develop, while we wait for Handanovic to hit his prime. It simply doesn't make sense. Bardi would be 28 before he debuts for us, and that's assuming a fast decline for Handanovic being a worse player at 33. Belec, who I don't think will blossom into an Inter first choice keeper - though he might manage to be our new Orlandoni/Castellazzi - is also an issue. Further afoot, players like Smug, Ivusic, assuming they want to wait until 25 to be considered good enough for Inter (though the best keepers, such as Buffon, clearly deliver from an early age), Handanovic will still be 35. That is probably close enough to assume he wont be at Inter anymore, but you might also assume they are too young to be given first choice roles at Inter - after all, remember our recent trend of looking for proven keepers. Handanovic being 27 when he signed for Inter, Julio Cesar was 25, Toldo was 30.
It's hard to imagine any of these keepers being compatible with our current goalkeeping plans. Of course, we always need good young players. You don't pass up a talent just because - but it's important to also have a long term plan for them. We're potentially looking at selling maybe 5 good young goalkeepers in the next few years, at what will undoubtedly be much less than they are worth, and not helping them hit the full potential they might reach.
I don't know how to resolve this issue.