Borussia Monchengladbach are seemingly intent on cashing in on midfield powerhouse Denis Zakaria this summer, according to reports. The Liverpool and Manchester City-linked player is available for a cut-price of just £18 million.
This comes from the German publication BILD. They claim that Zakaria’s asking price is rapidly declining as a result of mitigating circumstances such as contractual issues and injury record.
A deal with favourable conditions
Indeed, £18m is a bargain in today’s market, especially for a Champions League renowned midfielder. It certainly is an unfavourable scenario from a Gladbach perspective. Either the Bundesliga outfit sells one of their best players on the cheap or they risk losing him for nothing.
Liverpool will undoubtedly relate to Gladbach’s current predicament all but too well given what transpired with Emre Can three years ago, as well as the ongoing developments involving Gini Wijnaldum.
Zakaria, similarly to Wijnaldum, has still yet to sign a new contract at the Borussia-Park Stadium, with his pre-existing deal due to expire in 2022.
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Reports from Germany previously indicated that Gladbach retained hopes of selling the 28-time Switzerland international for £35m.
However, any previous ambitions of matching the club’s record sale following Granit Xhaka’s departure to Arsenal have now gone up in smoke.
A risk worth taking?
Other than his unresolved contractual situation, Zakaria also has an unfavourable record with injury.
The 24-year-old missed over eight months of action following a long-term knee injury recently, and has struggled for consistency in his performances since.
Still, Liverpool could secure a potential Wijnaldum replacement this summer on the cheap, with BILD identifying a number of similarities between the two midfield generals, notably Zakaria’s versatility, strength and ability to patrol the middle of the park.
Considering Liverpool could potentially sign Zakaria for just over half of what Arsenal paid for Xhaka, this deal almost feels like a no-brainer.
Let’s hope Jurgen Klopp can get the edge over Pep Guardiola in the race for the highly-rated Bundesliga powerhouse likened to Zinedine Zidane.