Chelsea player admits he 'heard from his agent' that Liverpool wanted him before transfer window shut
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Chelsea player admits he 'heard from his agent' that Liverpool wanted him before transfer window shut

Denis Zakaria admits he heard from his agent about interest from Liverpool to end the transfer window. The player joined Chelsea.

Denis Zakaria was one of two Juventus midfielders to leave on loan as the transfer window closed. He joined Chelsea and was set to work with Thomas Tuchel – things change quickly, it turns out.

The other Juventus midfielder to depart was Arthur Melo, of course, who signed for Liverpool. The Reds snapped up the Brazilian with an option to buy right at the deadline. It was a rare pursuit into deadline day for Jurgen Klopp and co. and it turns out that Arthur wasn’t the only player they considered.

Gianluca di Marzio claimed at the time that Liverpool also asked about Zakaria before opting for Arthur. It now seems there’s real truth to that, as the player admits his agent made him aware of the interest.

 “I heard that from my agent, but in the end it was Chelsea,” he told Blick. “And I think I’ll be happier in England than in Turin.”

Denis Zakaria heard from agent about Liverpool interest

It’s difficult to tell whether Liverpool actually decided against Zakaria in favour of Arthur or whether the player told Chelsea. Di Marzio’s suggestion was the former, and you can take the player’s comments that way, too. Though they are translated into English, we can’t take the phrasing too literally.

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What’s clear is that Liverpool did look at Zakaria and that shouldn’t really be a surprise. The Reds have been linked with him for years, long before he signed for Juventus from Borussia Monchengladbach. We expected him to end up at Anfield at one point.

Instead, he’s with the Blues and Liverpool have Arthur. We’re pretty happy with that as the Brazilian could be an exceptional player if the club play their cards right. But we’ll certainly have one eye on Zakaria and see what could have been.

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