Arsenal are interested in signing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, according to recent reports.
The Bundesliga outfit announced on Thursday that the Swiss international would be leaving the club in the summer, with his contract at Borussia Park set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
Considering he will be available on a free transfer, there will no doubt be a number of top-quality sides across Europe keen to acquire his services and, according to German outlet Fussball Transfers, Arsenal are one of those clubs.
The report claims that the Gunners are ‘in contact’ with Zakaria, who is currently valued at £24.3million on Transfermarkt, regarding a summer move as Mikel Arteta is keen to add reinforcements to his midfield. So, with his contract expiring in the summer, Arsenal could move quickly to seal a pre-contract agreement and save themselves £24m in the process.
And it is not the first time that the north Londoners have been linked with the 25-year-old.
In fact, Sky Germany reported back in 2019 that Arsenal were interested in Zakaria, meaning a summer transfer would complete a three-year scouting mission for technical director Edu if reports are to be believed.
If they were able to sign the tough-tackling midfielder, they would be getting an extremely talented player if compatriot Granit Xhaka is to be believed.
Speaking to BILD, via Planet Football, in 2019, Xhaka said: “His development is outstanding. Having Denis in the national team next to me makes me feel better. But he has to stay tuned – now comes a very crucial phase for him.”
The Gunners will certainly need someone of Zakaria’s ilk considering Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future appears to be away from the Emirates Stadium whilst Mohamed Elneny is also into the final six months of his deal with the club.
football.london understands that Maitland-Nile is currently in talks with Italian giants AS Roma over a potential loan move ahead of the January transfer window.
The Hale End academy graduate has struggled for game time this season, starting just twice in the Premier League.
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