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Manchester United and Tottenham set for Denis Zakaria transfer tussle

first_imgMan Utd ‘very close’ to agreeing deal for Allegri to replace under-fire Solskjaer, Italian reports claim MANCHESTER UNITED and Tottenham are reportedly set to battle it out for the signature of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria.The Swiss international is in high demand at the moment after a series of impressive performances for club and country and could cost £42million.2 The 22-year-old has impressed in the BundesligaCredit: Getty – ContributorThe Red Devils have struggled in the midfield area, with many fans not convinced by Andreas Pereira or £52million man Fred – and Nemanja Matic is looking well past his best.And things aren’t much better at Spurs with Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama having been ravaged by injuries..Bild claim that the Premier League duo aren’t the only clubs interested in the 22-year-old, however, with Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund also in the hunt.Monchengladbach may prefer to sell to England – with Premier League clubs notorious on the continent for overpaying to sign their star players.The German side will also be keen not to strengthen Bundesliga rivals.While they are hoping to keep their prized asset, sporting director Max Eberl didn’t rule out a sale.He said: “We are very satisfied with Denis’ development and plan with him in the long term.”Gladbach is and remains an association that relies on transfer fees. Of course, if there are any unethical offers, we have to deal with them … “This isn’t the first time that Spurs have been linked with the 24 cap international – having reportedly been interested in the summer of 2018.Zakaria has made ten appearances for Gladbach so far this season – and 75 overall since his 2017 move from Young Boys.Arsenal skipper Granit Xhaka remains the most expensive sale that Borussia Monchengladbach have ever made with his £35million move to the Gunners back in 2016.2MOST READ IN FOOTBALLSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotBut it will take more than that for United or Tottenham to prise Zakaria away.The Old Trafford club have recently been linked with the likes of James Maddison, Moussa Dembele, Saul Niguez, Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic.And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that funds are available to strengthen in January.last_img

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