Everton have reportedly entered the chase for highly-rated Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria, with many other clubs eyeing a Bosman move for the 25-year-old.
According to 90 min, Everton are interested in Denis Zakaria and have entered the chase for the Swiss midfielder. Arsenal, Manchester City and a host of other top-rated clubs are vying for the Borussia Monchengladbach star, whose contract ends next summer.
Denis Zakaria is one of the hottest properties in Europe at the moment, with interest in the midfielder rising every week. As he contemplates his next big destination, clubs across Europe are lining up a Bosman move for the Borussia Monchengladbach star.
Zakaria’s contract expires when the season concludes, and it is clear an extension with Gladbach is out of the question. While Spanish clubs are interested, the English teams seem to be making a bigger effort to prise him away in January or on a free in the summer.
Manchester City were plotting a January move as Pep Guardiola looks for a midfielder to replace Fernandinho, who is in the twilight of his career. The Premier League champions could make a reasonable offer to tempt Gladbach to cash in early rather than lose him for free.
Arsenal are also said to be keen and are probably ahead of some other Premier League clubs. With all the interest around him, Zakaria will have plenty of offers to evaluate in January. Newcastle United are also reportedly considering signing the Swiss star, although it is unlikely he will join them in their relegation battle.
Everton are the latest club to express an interest in the midfielder, with Rafael Benitez considering new signings in January to strengthen his options further. The Toffees are looking for a reliable defensive midfielder to shore up their ranks, with Zakaria considered a key target.
This season, Everton have struggled after several key players were forced to sit out for many weeks due to fitness issues. During their eight-game winless run, they might have missed the striking prowess of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the absence of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gomes hit them rather hard.
Bringing in a midfielder to control the game’s tempo from the base would be an ideal plan for Benitez, who might urge Everton to do business in the January window. Paying a reasonable fee to Gladbach could also be considered an option to prise Zakaria away early, although it does seem like they might try for a Bosman deal in the summer.
As things stand, the chase for the defensive midfielder is picking up momentum as we approach the January window. Zakaria could sign a pre-contract agreement with any club outside of Germany, and the Premier League increasingly looks like his next destination, with Arsenal and Everton, among others, keen on signing him.