11/08/2021; 11:19 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
Denis Zakaria's stock is rising, and after a sterling Euro 2020 performance, the young man seems destined to leave Borussia Monchengladbach. The German outfit seems resigned to losing the Swiss who has come to his own. They are now ready to make the best of the situation.
According to reports, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton have been sniffing around Zakaria to bring him to England. With just 19 days to the end of the transfer window, a bidding war could ensue for the player's signature. At the moment, no official bid has been submitted, but the interest is real.
Zakaria has been on the radar of these club sides for a couple of years now, but it seems they are ready to make a move for the 24-year-old this month.
German publication Sport Bild claims that the three English clubs are carefully watching the situation before deciding on what move to make.
Napoli and Roma admire the Swiss and hold out hope of bringing him to Italy.
Reports suggest that Zakaria could go for as much as £17m, given that he is now in the final year of his contract. Zakaria's situation could force the clubs to get on it before the transfer window closes.
Gladbach would prefer he signs a new contract or move him on rather than lose him for free next summer.
Early on in the summer, Arsenal were on the verge of losing Granit Xhaka. To forestall a gap in their midfield, they quickly raided Anderlecht for Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.
That piece of business cost the Gunners an initial £15m, which could rise to £19m. So it is unlikely that the club would be willing to sanction another midfield arrival. However, the club still holds an interest in the young Swiss.
North London rivals Tottenham are not left out of the same situation but not entirely in the same boat with Arsenal. The club have Holjberg in an untroubled position and have also brought in Bryan Gil and Cristian Romero.
Bryan Gil joined from Sevilla in a deal that cost £21m with Erik Lamela heading the other way, while Cristian Romero came in from Atalanta for £46m. To accommodate Zakaria, they might need to offload a big name in their ranks, a name like Moussa Sissoko, for instance.
Of the three sides, Everton are the only club yet to make a major signing so far. For a meagre amount of £1.7m, they brought in Asmir Begovic, Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray.
However, Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules could prohibit Everton from making a move for Zakaria.