Same agent as Shaw: Man Utd ready to trigger release clause to sign “hero” in very cheap move

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Dominik Livakovic’s Dinamo Zagreb release clause is allegedly poised to be triggered by Manchester United this summer.

Following Croatia’s triumph over Japan in a penalty shootout during the 2014 World Cup, Livakovic was referred to as a “hero” in the media.

The 28-year-old has a contract with Dinamo Zagreb through 2024 and, in an odd coincidence, works for the same agency as defender Luke Shaw of the Manchester United. The custodian has been with the Croatian powerhouse since 2015 and has made 278 appearances while recording 128 shutouts. However, it appears that a transfer away from Zagreb is imminent, with Old Trafford being a possible destination.

In the past 48 hours, Livakovic’s future has been updated by Croatian newspaper Jutarnji, according to Sport Witness. They claim that Manchester United is willing to meet the goalkeeper’s measly €10 million release clause in order to sign him to an Old Trafford contract.

Although Villarreal, Galatasaray, and Real Sociedad are also interested in Livakovic’s services, they call it “really sensational” and say a transfer is “quite possible” in the coming months.

Should United try to sign Livakovic in the near future?

Targeting Livakovic may prove to be a wise move because Erik ten Hag may find himself seriously short on choices in goal when he begins his second season as Manchester’s manager.

While Dean Henderson seems destined for a long-term departure from Old Trafford, Jack Butland is only on loan, and Tom Heaton’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign. Meanwhile, David de Gea appears to be close to signing a new deal.

Livakovic seems like a wise target owing to his experience for club and country and wouldn’t cost much at all with his release clause valued roughly £8.8m. As a result, bringing in a seasoned custodian to rival De Gea seems to make sense.

Livakovic could relieve De Gea of some of the workload in cup games, especially after his heroics in the penalty shootout in Qatar, as De Gea failed to save any of Brighton’s spot kicks at Wembley on Sunday. The Red Devils are on track to play in four competitions again next season.

This appears to be one to watch going into the summer, as Ten Hag wants to strengthen the midfield and attack, which are priority areas for United in the transfer market.

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