Official: Inter sign Handanovic & Silvestre

The Nerazzurri have confirmed that they have secured the services of the Slovenia international, while the defender arrives from Palermo on loan with a view to a permanent deal
Inter have completed the signings of Samir Handanovic from Udinese and Matias Silvestre from Palermo.

The Nerazzurri were in the market for a new goalkeeper due to the ongoing uncertainty about the future of Julio Cesar, and head coach Andrea Stramaccioni has now got his desired reinforcement in the 27-year-old Handanovic.

The Slovenia international had made over 180 official appearances for Udinese since joining the club in the summer of 2004, but will now continue his career at the Nerazzurri, who shelled out €11 million for his services.

Handanovic will join his new team-mates for Inter's summer training camp in Pinzolo on July 8, whereas last years's No.1 Julio Cesar has not made the squad.

Meanwhile, Silvestre arrives on a season-long loan from Palermo with an option to make the arrangement permanent if he impresses during his stint at the Giuseppe Meazza, the Rosanero confirmed on their official website.

The signing of a new centre-back also became a priority for Inter after the departure of Lucio, who joined Juventus earlier this week, and they have tipped the 27-year-old to be the ideal replacement.

Silvestre started his professional career with Boca Juniors and also wore the jersey of Catania before joining Sicilian rivals Palermo last summer and impressed in his debut season.

The defender has already joined up with his team-mates in Pinzolo, where they will be based between July 6 until July 15.