£8.8m Manchester United move under threat as rival club look for early deal

£8.8m Manchester United move under threat as rival club look for early deal

Manchester United face competition from Villarreal for Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

Manchester United’s quest to sign a new goalkeeper this summer could lead the club in various directions, whether David de Gea stays or goes.

One of the cheaper routes would be a move to sign Croatia number one Dominik Livakovic, a possible move touted late last month.

News outlet Sportske Jutarnji reported United are willing to paying Livakovic’s £8.8 million release clause to sign him from Dinamo Zagreb.

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Villarreal want Dominik Livakovic

It is not a surprise clubs are queuing up to sign Livakovic considering his low release clause and his stunning performances at the World Cup, where he made more saves than any other goalkeeper.

TMW report Spanish side Villarreal are showing a keen interest in Livakovic and plan to thwart United’s competing interest.

Aware of the attention of the Red Devils, Villarreal believe they can steal a march to sign Livakovic by moving early.

The report states: “The idea is to get ahead of the competition.”

This is an option Manchester United don’t practically have right now. The delays with the ongoing takeover has essentially put transfer business on hold until a decision is taken.

United also won’t want to make a move for a goalkeeper and disrupt David de Gea before the FA Cup final – although you could argue that clarity would help.

Smart clubs will be acting early this summer. Manchester United rarely do. The ongoing takeover trouble makes this even more difficult to pull off, and whether you want Livakovic or not, this shows what the club are up against over the next few weeks, as other clubs seek to get ahead.

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