Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed that Arsenal target, Denis Zakaria, will not sign a new contract with the club and will be leaving.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Denis Zakaria for a while now and the 25-year-old midfielder is out of contract in the summer.
Despite concerted efforts by Borussia Monchengladbach to get him to sign a new deal, the club’s sporting director Max Erbel recently confirmed that they have not been successful, despite wanting to sort it out before the winter transfer window opened.
“I didn’t want to endure this delaying tactic. I wanted to have decisions before the winter break began. We finally wanted to nail our heads,” Erbel recently told Sky (via Sport1).
Zakaria reportedly told the club last summer that he intended to leave and would ‘not entertain’ signing a new contract.
Arsenal have been in touch with Zakaria’s agents on and off for a few years, at least according to reports and he turned Arsenal down, along with Liverpool, four years ago.
“[Gladbach] wanted me 100 percent, so I wanted to go here and not to Liverpool,” Zakaria said in 2017 as he also confirmed Arsenal were interested in him.
“If you go to England and you are not immediately good, you are immediately outside. It was too early for me.”
“There was interest from England, which I can confirm, but the people at Borussia really fought very hard for me,” Zakaria said in a separate interview.
“I had the impression that they wanted me absolutely, that impressed me, my [gut] feeling told me that Gladbach is the best choice for me.
“In time, I can go on to an even larger club; the past has often proved that.”
Arsenal were said to be back in talks with the player’s agent at the start of December, but whether or not Mikel Arteta can convince him to snub the likes of Liverpool for London remains to be seen.