Italian outlet CM claim that Bayern Munich and Ajax have joined the race to sign Leeds United transfer target Dominik Livakovic – after his World Cup exploits put the goalkeeper on the map, starring between the sticks for Croatia in Qatar.
Livakovic, 27, has caught the eye with some sensational performances between the sticks for Croatia. Penalty shootout wins over Japan and Brazil, two clean sheets in the group stages. Livakovic has been knocked out in the semi-finals.
His display was perhaps, slightly below par during the 3-0 defeat to Argentina. But that is only due to the standards he has set himself in Qatar. Lee Dixon was critical of his role in conceding the penalty, fouling Julian Alvarez last night.
Media Foot report that the Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper is a target for Leeds – with Illan Meslier a target for Chelsea and Manchester United. Now, CM claim Leeds are not the only ones eyeing Livakovic – Bayern Munich and Ajax are, too.
Bayern and Ajax join Leeds in race to sign World Cup sensation Livakovic
The chances of Leeds actually moving for Livakovic are slim. Ultimately, he is part of the contingency plan to replace Meslier if our French ace ever actually leaves. Now of course, we cannot expect to have Meslier for years and years.
If a big-money offer comes in for his services in a year or two, the chance of Meslier departing seems more than likely. But in January? The opposite. Leeds will be desperate to keep him and he has a contract at Elland Road until 2026.
So, while Livakovic could well be a target if Meslier goes, the latter is hardly going to depart next month. It means Bayern and Ajax, not least because they are Champions League clubs fighting for titles, are favourites for the Croat.