Bayern Munich will not make a move for Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic as a replacement for Manuel Neuer, says Oliver Kahn.
The Bundesliga champions are set to be without their first choice man between the posts after he suffered a leg injury on holiday following Germany’s exit from Qatar 2022.
With Neuer out for the season, it remains to be seen whether Bayern will stick with Sven Ulreich as his understudy or look further afield.
Dinamo Zagreb keeper Livakovic has enjoyed an excellent World Cup with Croatia so far, and was the hero in their penalty shoot-out win over Brazil, but Kahn says they will not be looking at him as an option.
“The man who stopped Brazil will always be a hero to me,” Kahn said. “Livakovic is worthy of praise. Such a goalkeeper must play at a top club.
“I have no doubt that this will be the case in the new season, but at the same time, he is not within the scope of our interests.”
4 – Dominik Livakovic has saved four penalties during World Cup penalty shoot-outs, the joint-most of any goalkeeper in the tournament’s history. Prescience.
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Kahn refused to comment on speculation Bayern will dip into the market in the new year in pursuit of a new goalkeeper, though he acknowledged the club needed to consider their options.
“We’ve lost our goalkeeper before the end of the season,” he added. “It’s terrible because he is one of the best in the world. It’s a very serious loss for the team.
“We believe that the recovery will go well and his return too, but for now, we have to solve the problem of a replacement. This is temporary. Manuel will be back.”