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Manchester United looking to complete double January deal for World Cup stars

The Red Devils could complete a pair of moves this January


Manchester United and Ajamx are set to go head to head for Croatian shot-stopper Dominik Livakovic as both look to strengthen their no.1 spot in January.

The goalkeeper made the most saves in the tournament to help his side finish third, and was named in our team of the tournament for the competition as a result.

Now, the 27-year-old could be on the move when the transfer window opens on January 1st, with Manchester United looking to follow up their summer interest by revisiting a move for the Dinamo Zagreb shot-stopper this winter as they look for a long-term solution to their no.1 spot.

Martin Dubravka, signed on loan from Newcastle United in the dying days of the transfer window, is expected to return to Tyneside at the end of the season, while David de Gea is also out of contract in the summer, and his wages are thought to be a major stumbling block to any new deal, including the optional 12 month extension option that the Red Devils have in the current contract.

Meanwhile, the future of loanee Dean Henderson, currently with Nottingham Forest, remains up in the air after he slammed the Red Devils and Erik ten Hag in an explosive talksport interview.

They will face competition, however, with Croatian media reporting that they are set to be rivalled for his signature by Erik ten Hag’s former side Ajax, who lost first choice goalkeeper Andre Onana for free last summer.

A second swoop on the cards

Another area that the Red Devils are keen to strengthen is right-back, and the same report adds that they have identified Livakovic’s compatriot Josip Juranovic as the man to fill the gap, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka seemingly likely to leave on loan this January.

Juranovic impressed at the tournament in Qatar, not least in the quarter final where he kept Vinicius jr quiet to help his side through to the last 4 via a penalty shoot-out.

Ten Hag will face competition, however, with Chelsea, Barcelona, Newcastle and Torino also all among the interested parties for the 27-year-old.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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