Despite constant rumors of impending sales from the Inter camp, the Nerrazurri’s first two moves in the summer window have been signings. First came Hakan Calhanoglu’s arrival on Tuesday and Friday now brings about an announcement of a deal until June 2022 with ex-Crotone goalkeeper Alex Cordaz.
MILAN - FC Internazionale Milano can confirm that Alex Cordaz has joined the Club from Crotone. The 38-year-old goalkeeper was previously part of the Nerazzurri’s Youth Sector, winning the Primavera Scudetto and the Viareggio Cup across three seasons. He’s now signed a contract lasting until 30 June 2022. #WelcomeAlex
Cordaz spent the last seven seasons at Crotone, splitting his time between Serie A (three seasons) and the second division (four seasons). He helped guide the Sharks to two promotions along the way. Once in the top flight, however, Crotone struggled mightily and finished 17th, 18th, and 19th. In fact, the 92 goals that the Rossoblú conceded last season proved to be an infamous Serie A record. Crotone’s atrocious defenses was largely to blame but Cordaz failed to paint himself in a positive light either.
As for how he’ll fit in at Inter, Daniele Padelli’s confirmed and Andrei Radu’s possible departures leave Inter short in depth behind Samir Handanovic. The Slovenian is still first choice in goal but Cordaz has all of the requirements of a suitable backup. He has Serie A experience and could probably be trusted with a Coppa game or two. This is far from a flashy move but it’s one that needs to happen to keep the gears spinning, especially if Radu departs on loan to get the consistent game time he requires. This won’t change much in terms of Inter’s pursuit of a Handanovic successor, though Cordaz’s short contract may suggest that next summer will be when the big move in goal happens.