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David Ornstein: Man Utd passed up chance to sign Croatian star Dominik Livakovic

Manchester United passed up the opportunity to sign Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic on a cut-price deal last summer, The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports.

The Red Devils were linked with multiple shot-stoppers during last summer’s transfer window. They eventually signed Martin Dubravka on loan from Newcastle United.

The Slovakian has hardly played this term with just one competitive appearance and it has already been claimed that the club won’t exercise the option to purchase him.

Amidst this, Ornstein has now revealed that Livakovic was available for a cut-price fee between €5-10m last summer but United were not interested in securing his services.

However, they were not alone as Nottingham Forest and Leicester City also turned down the opportunity.

This has definitely favoured Zagreb, who are now anticipating multiple European offers for Livakovic next summer. The Croatian outfit are expected to sell him to the highest bidder.

United could re-consider move for Livakovic

United were not looking for a direct replacement to David de Gea last summer but the scenario could change at the end of the season. The club are yet to renew the Spaniard’s contract.

Livakovic could be a player under consideration, particularly after his exceptional displays for Croatia at the ongoing the World Cup. He has been instrumental in their run to the last four.

The 27-year-old made three saves in the penalty shoot-out win over Japan in the last 16. He went on to make 11 saves in 120 minutes against Brazil before denying Rodrygo in the shoot-out as Croatia won 4-2.

Aside from his exceptional reflexes in goal, the Croatian has caught the eye with his distribution. He has completed 79 per cent of his passes for Croatia in Qatar with an average of five long balls.

The Red Devils could re-consider signing him at the end of the season but one thing is for sure that Zagreb are bound to command a much higher fee than quoted in the last transfer window.

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