Media Foot claim Leeds United are considering a move to sign Croatia World Cup goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic after earning hero-like status thanks to his performances in Qatar – with Leicester potentially set to move for Illan Meslier.
Livakovic, 27, came into the World Cup as a bit of an unknown to a Premier League audience. But his form for Croatia in Qatar has been nothing short of incredible. He has helped guide Croatia into the semi-finals of the competition.
His display against Belgium during a 0-0 draw, his penalty-shootout performance against Japan and the entire 120 minutes and shootout against Brazil – breathtaking. The World Cup is renowned for creating heroes – Livakovic is one.
The 39-time stopper has been at Dinamo Zagreb for the past seven years, clocking up 122 clean sheets in 262 games. An incredible tally, in which he has also won five Croatian League titles. But his contract comes to an end in June 2024.
The Athletic report that in the summer, Manchester United, Leicester and Forest were all keen. The latter almost signed him for just £5million. But he remained, and now, Leeds are said to be in pursuit with Meslier’s future in doubt.
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Livakovic would be an amazing signing if his form in Qatar is anything to go by. But do Leeds really need a goalkeeper? Meslier has a contract at Elland Road until 2026. He has shown no signs of wanting to leave the club.
If he does end up leaving Leeds, which is more than a possibility if the Whites cannot align themselves with his ambition. However, a move to Leicester, who are hardly an improvement on Leeds right now, seems a bit sideways.
There is no doubt that Livakovic would be a good replacement – and Leeds should have a contingency list in case Meslier does go. But to Leicester, is unlikely. Leeds are in good hands, literally, with Meslier as things stand.