Leeds United are reportedly considering a move to bring in Dominik Livakovic as the Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper continues to shine at the World Cup in Qatar – but do Leeds really need him, or does a move just make no sense?

The 27-year-old has been in stunning form. A goalkeeper that could have joined Leicester, Nottingham Forest or Manchester United in the summer. Indeed, the Athletic say he almost joined Forest for £6million a few months ago.

He kept two clean sheets in the group stages, against Belgium and Morocco. Then, Livakovic produced miracles against Japan in the last 16 – winning a penalty shootout. He then helped Croatia win another shootout, against Brazil.

One of the breakout stars of the World Cup, Livakovic’s future at Dinamo Zagreb is obviously being placed under the spotlight. His contract ends in June 2024. Media Foot report that Leeds are considering a move to sign the goalkeeper.

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Leeds considering Livakovic but move makes no sense

The report claims, alongside our interest in Livakovic, that he could be a replacement for Illan Meslier. They say Leicester are keen. Now, Meslier will hardly stay at Leeds for the entirety of his career. A replacement will be needed.

Leicester are also likely to be in the market for a goalkeeper, having sold ex-Leeds man Kasper Schmeichel in the summer to Nice. Danny Ward is improving, but it is an area that could be strengthened at the King Power in January.

But the chances of Meslier being tempted by a move to Leicester, from Leeds, is surely unlikely. Drawing up a plan to replace Meslier is smart, and Livakovic would be a good addition if and when Meslier does go. But to Leicester?

Surely not. Meslier’s potential far exceeds a move to Leicester and right now, it would be a sideways move. So, while Leeds could well be looking at Livakovic, they will surely be confident of keeping Meslier amid Leicester’s interest.

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