Transfer News: Manchester United to battle major European clubs for Borussia Monchengladbach star Denis Zakaria
According to The Mirror, Manchester United are set to battle major European clubs for Borussia Monchengladbach star Denis Zakaria for a future transfer. He has gathered several interests due to his current contract situation, which has made him an exciting prospect to sign.
Zakaria will see his current deal with Monchengladbach expire at the end of the season. He could legally reach a pre-contract agreement with other clubs from this month if he wants to move elsewhere next summer. Man United are keen to bring in a holding midfielder and he is surely one of the better ones in European football.
United will face hefty competition from clubs like Barcelona, Liverpool, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich as they look to bring the 25-year-old to boost their respective midfields. The Red Devils could also opt to act early and get him in the winter transfer window to get the better of their rivals.
The Swiss international is valued at £25million, but it is unlikely that any club would be ready to meet that price, considering how he would be available as a free agent next summer. RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara is another option the Manchester club have on their transfer shortlist to uplift their midfield.
The lack of balance in our midfield has been a long-standing issue, which was further highlighted in the recent 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers. We cannot afford to go through the rest of this season while lacking proper balance in our team, as it would damage our chances of a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The issue was highlighted by Ralf Rangnick during the post-match press conference after the Wolves defeat, which should send a message to the board. It is baffling that we have allowed this to happen when the matter should have been solved the previous summer. The Bundesliga midfielder would be one of the top options in this current market, and we should act soon before we lose out on him to others.
The Swiss ace’s ability to break down attacking plays from the opponents would be a great option for us to have in this stage, while he is not too shabby on the ball either. At 25, he is in the best years of his career and could offer long-term service to any club he chooses to play for.
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But things would not be easy as our competition are no pushovers, meaning the hierarchy would have to take action quickly if we are to sign him in the future. A summer transfer would be the best option financially, but by the time we end the season, we may have suffered the implications of not solving our issues while there would always be the chance of someone else swooping in for him before us.