metro: Liverpool are reportedly keeping close tabs on Denis Zakaria and could compete with Manchester United for the Borussia Monchengladbach star in the summer.
Zakaria has earned a reputation as one of the finest young midfielders in the Bundesliga since swapping Young Boys for Monchengladbach back in 2017 and the 23-year-old’s impressive performances have caught the attention of some of Europe’s elite clubs.
Earlier this month, it was widely reported in Germany that United were in pole position to sign Zakaria, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer known to be an admirer. Bayern Munich have also registered a strong interest in the highly-rated Switzerland international.
According to SportBild, Premier League leaders Liverpool are also firmly in the race to land Zakaria and have been ‘courting’ the defensive midfielder this term.
However, it’s claimed the Swiss could ‘easily’ imagine staying put at Monchengladbach if they manage to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League. It’s understood the likes of Liverpool or United would have to spend around £45million to prise Zakaria away from Gladbach. Zakaria, who can also play as a central defender, is tied into a contact at Monchengladbach until the summer of 2022. He is still on the same deal he signed when he joined the club three years ago.
Earlier this week, Kevin Phillips urged Liverpool to focus their attentions on signing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish in the summer transfer window. ‘Liverpool are at a point where they can splash out on the world’s best,’ the ex-England striker told Football Insider. ‘Those world’s best players want to come and play for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp. He plays a certain style and he will not buy someone unless it fits his system. ‘The obvious one is Jack Grealish. If Villa go down I am certain he will move on.
Could he play for Liverpool? He is the only one out of the bottom three or four teams that could fit in that team. ‘They will certainly be targeting players from top abroad teams and around the world.’
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