Arsenal and Manchester City are looking for Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, according to a report.
Zakaria, 24, only has a 12-month Bundesliga contract and has yet to signal his intention to sign a new deal.
Mönchengladbach won’t want to lose the defensive midfielder for free next summer and will therefore look to sell the Switzerland international if he can’t tie him to a new contract.
Everything seems to belong to new coach Adi Hütter, who knows Zakaria of their time with Young Boys.
German officials want to keep the talented midfielder. Gladbach sporting director Max Eber wants the player to be linked with a new deal, but the player is leaning towards a new challenge.
Zakaria, previously speaking about Hutter, said Sporting Bild: “He was like a father to me because he helped me a lot. We have a very good relationship. “
According to Label 24 the pair will be holding talks later this month when the player returns from vacation.
It will then be up to Hutter to persuade the experienced midfielder to extend his stay with the German squad.
The same outlet is also signaling interest from Arsenal and Manchester City. The Premier League pair are said to be ‘watching’ the situation and could take a dip if the player signals his intention to move on.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also potential contenders.
Arsenal’s ties with Zakaria date back to 2019. However, a decision was halted when Zakaria seriously injured his knee in March 2020.
Zakaria came back from that injury to make 32 appearances for Mönchengladbach in all competitions in the last campaign.
He could be the perfect replacement for Granit Xhaka. All signs point to Zakaria’s Swiss midfielder heading for Rome. Xhaka has pretty much said he’s looking to get away from north London and Jose Mourinho is excited.
Zakaria could well be a good candidate alongside Thomas Partey.
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