Borussia Monchengladbach midfield maestro Denis Zakaria has rejected the chance to sign a new contract at Borussia-Park amid interest from Liverpool and Manchester City, according to reports.
This comes from Bild. They say that two of the Premier League’s most recent victors are keen to bring Zakaria to the English top-flight.
And considering the 24-year-old’s contract in Germany is due to expire in 2022, a summer exit for Zakaria appears all but inevitable.
Still, Gladbach aren’t a footballing enterprise who like to rest on their laurels and already, The Colts look to have identified Zakaria’s long-term successor in the form of Kouadio Kone, the recent £8 million addition from Toulouse.
A transfer worth getting excited about?
So, it seems that Gladbach are already a step ahead of the curve in regards to Zakaria’s contractual dispute. But does this give Liverpool supporters legitimate cause for optimism?
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In short, absolutely. Zakaria is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders on the market, after all, and given Gini Wijanldum’s proposed summer exit, Liverpool will soon be in the market for a direct replacement.
With that said, the Reds would certainly struggle to find a better ready-made option than Zakaria.
To put the 28-time Switzerland international’s talent into perspective, let’s look at two footballing icons Zakaria has been likened to in the past.
“I’ve been compared to (Patrick) Vieira and (Paul) Pogba – two more players I really respect and, in a way, see as role models.”
Like Pogba and Viera, the 6ft 2in powerhouse is blessed with a number of striking physical qualities that enable Zakaria to patrol and dominate in midfield.
Similarly to Wijnaldum, Zakaria’s game is renowned for qualities that stretch beyond simply putting the ball into the back of the net. His energy and meticulous ability to retain possession makes him one of the most effective players currently in the Bundesliga.
In fact, last season he was ranked as the 26th best player in the German top-flight. There is every belief, too, that Zakaria would have finished higher had it not been for a knee injury that ruled him out for the final 10 matches of the campaign.
Zakaria, then, could be a name to familiarise yourself with as we come closer to the opening of the transfer window this summer.