Livakovic Update – Croatian reporter claims keeper still up for grabs

Despite reports earlier today that Dominik Livakovic is on his way to Turkey to sign for Fenerbahce, it would appear all hope is not yet diminished for Celtic to make the Croatian an offer for his services.

It had been reported by Fabrizio Romano that Livakovic would indeed be going to the Turkish cracks, but now a report in his homeland has claimed the contrary.

Football journalist, Izak Ante Sucic, has made the revelation that nothing is set in stone and that no agreement is in place as of yet between Fenerbahce and the goalkeeper’s club, Dinamo Zagreb. The journalist claims that Villareal is also the player’s preferred destination as it stands, but could that change if the Hoops make a bid for him?

Well, that is all conjecture at this moment in time.

A bit of persuasion and a lot of cash would be needed to convince him his future lies at Celtic Park. However, with Brendan Rodgers on board and UEFA Champions League group stages football on offer, with the added possibility to wins silverware, it may just be possible following this latest update from Croatia.

Here’s the update from Sucic which contradicts Romano’s earlier tweet:


“Still no agreement between Livakovic and Fenerbahce! His first choice remains Villarreal. He’s focused on game against Hajduk. Fener is an option, but nothing is done yet. Dinamo wants €10.0m. Only if Fener pays €10.0m Livakovic will go to Turkey. Talks ongoing.”

Opportunity beckons, Celtic but time is running out!

Earlier today…

Reported Celtic target, Dominik Livakovic has been the subject of a bid from Turkish side Fenerbahce. The 28-year-old goalkeeper is said to have been one that the recruitment team at Lennoxtown were monitoring very closely this summer transfer window as they look for more quality between the sticks this season.

It had been thought previously that Celtic and their boss Brendan Rodgers were keen to make the Croatian international a ‘statement signing’ after securing the £25 million from Jota’s move to Saudi Arabia and also having £30 million of a transfer budget to spend this close-season. But it looks now that the Hoops have been too slow out of the blocks if reports are to believed.

Some sources claimed this week that the Croatian no.1 had a release clause in his contract of around €8.8 million, should any club bid for the Dinamo Zagreb stopper. With one year left of his contract at the club in his homeland, some even thought the price could be bartered down somewhat, given the situation Zagreb were in.

However, it looks more and more likely now that Livakovic won’t be in a Celtic jersey next season as it stands. Unless Celtic were to up the pressure and lodge a bid for the ‘keeper to match or even better the Turkish giants’ offer, in which case the experienced netminder would have a choice to make. Should be interesting to see how the Hoops approach this one…

Sky Sports’ Anthony Joseph with the news:

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  1. Jim O'Rourke on

    We need a right back as cover for johnston , a third striker and extra cover for central defense before we need a goalie