Leeds United to assess Illan Meslier future at Elland Road as replacement speculation emerges - Sky Sports pundit
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Paul Robinson doesn’t want Leeds United to pursue a deal for Croatia number one Dominik Livakovic if they find themselves in need of a new goalkeeper next year.
French news outlet Media Foot reported on 12 December that it is “likely” that Leeds will sell Illan Meslier with Chelsea and Manchester United “ready to sign him in 2023”.
While it is understood that no moves have been made for Meslier, 22, as of yet, 27-year-old Livakovic has caught the eye of Leeds with his performances at the World Cup with Croatia.
The Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper played a huge role in Croatia reaching the semi-finals in Qatar, keeping clean sheets against Morocco and Belgium and saving penalties in shoot-out wins over Japan and Brazil.
Unfortunately for Livakovic, he and his teammates lost 3-0 to Argentina on Tuesday and won’t make the final in back-t-back World Cups.
Even though he did well in Qatar, Robinson doesn’t want Leeds to sign him off the back of a good tournament and instead would rather see extensive scouting done on how he’s faring in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb.
Robinson also doesn’t see how a move would happen in January, saying that if Meslier was to leave Elland Road, it would happen in the summer.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, the former goalkeeper said: “I’ve not seen enough of him and I wouldn’t buy him off the back of one tournament.
“I certainly wouldn’t want Meslier to go.
“I don’t think that would be a January move. If Meslier is to go, it would be assessed at the end of the season.
“If you’re to sign someone off the back of a tournament, it’s a risk.
“Livakovic has done well at the World Cup, he’s done well in the penalties. But I’ve not seen enough of him at a domestic level to think he’d be worthy of a move to Leeds.
“He may well be – but I wouldn’t pass judgement without seeing more and just on one tournament, although it has been an excellent tournament for him.”
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