Denis Zakaria’s representatives have made it clear to Borussia Mönchengladbach that they want a transfer this summer, amid links to Arsenal.
Earlier this month, we covered reports from Germany that Arsenal are still interested in signing Denis Zakaria, having initially shown an interest in him as long ago as 2017.
The suggestion at the time was that Zakaria wanted to leave, but there was still an element of uncertainty in that he was still waiting to hold talks with his club after the Euros. He’s now spoken to Gladbach and told them he wants to leave.
“Denis has made it clear to us that he wants to make a change this summer,” Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl told the media this week.
Sport1 report that the players’ agents are pushing for a transfer, and he wants to play in the Premier League. He has no release clause, but his contract expires in 2022, so he’s in a strong position.
The Athletic suggested earlier in the summer that Gladbach would push through a sale if Zakaria refused to extend his contract, as they don’t want to lose him on a free. So it’s pretty clear he’s going somewhere, it’s just a question of whether that’s to Arsenal.
Zakaria is a 24-year-old defensive midfielder with four years of experience in one of Europe’s top-five leagues, as well as 34 caps for his country, Switzerland.
On the face of it, he could fill a problem position for Arsenal and bring a blend of both youth and experience, in what you’d expect would be a cut-price deal. But it’s obviously up to the Gunners whether they think he’s good enough.