Man Utd scouting goalkeeper as a potential substitute for David De Gea – despite new contract talks

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Manchester United is working to ensure that they do not miss David de Gea, exploring his replacement.

The saga of the contract between United and their custodian has been ongoing for more than 12 months and has not yet been resolved.

An agreement is intended to be close, but chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United are not taking risks with De Gea claiming a £ 350,000 deal a week.

Old Trafford scouts have been in Zagreb this week and have ruled goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

The 24-year-old passed the ranks with the Croatian national team and was part of the preliminary team that reached the World Cup final last year. Livakovic started against Rosenberg in the Champions League during the week and impressed when the Croatian team defeated the Norwegians 2-0.



Livakovic in action for the Croatian national team against England last October



Livakovic impressed for Zagreb

De Gea was among the sticks for United while they fell into a home defeat against Crystal Palace in the Premier League this afternoon – a game that De Gea wouldn't want to see again.

The Spaniard was questioned for not keeping Patrick Van Aanholt's winner of the interruption time who subjected United to the campaign's first defeat.

Jordan Ayew gave Palace the lead during the break after coldly overtaking De Gea against the race. Daniel James scored with 88 minutes with a curling attempt, before Van Aanholt crushed the ball at home in time to stop, leaving fans to ask if De Gea could have done better.

That mistake can't be just the fault as the Red Devils didn't take advantage of some decent chances – including Marcus Rashford's penalty that hit the post.



De Gea might think he could have done more to prevent Van Aanholt's goal

De Gea joined the Red Devils from the Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011 and signed a five-year contract after the two clubs reached a £ 18.9 million deal for his move.

It took him a while to adapt to English football, but he became one of the best goalkeepers in Europe during the eight years he spent at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard has held 129 games without goals in 364 appearances for the club and it remains to be seen whether the player will agree to extend his stay on the red side of Manchester.

. (tagsToTranslate) David de Gea (t) Manchester United FC (t) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (t) UEFA Champions League (t) Barclay

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