Arsenal have been alerted to the possibility of signing Swiss international midfielder Denis Zakaria on a free transfer next summer.
The Borussia Moenchengladbach star, 24, is in the final year of his current contract and is behind on a new deal.
And the strong ball winner – who has been compared to Patrick Vieira in the past – is ready to listen to offers from England.
This is sure to pique the interest of Arsenal’s recruitment team, who are looking for midfield reinforcements with the futures of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elneny up in the air.
Egypt international Elneny’s contract expires this summer and it looks certain to leave at the end of the season.
England’s multi-talented star Maitland-Niles remains unconvinced about his long-term prospects in the Emirates after the deadline was moved to Everton by manager Mikel Arteta.
Zakaria has been playing an integral role in Gladbach’s first team since joining from Swiss club Young Boys in 2017.
Defensive midfielder – and fellow international Granit Xhaka – is able to play in the center of the center as well as in the center of the field.
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He starred in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s shock 5-0 win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, when he was shown his fifth yellow card of the season and automatically suspended.
Zakaria replaced the suspended Xhaka player during the match against Switzerland in the quarter-finals of the European Football Championship with Spain in the summer.
Khalifa is considered to be Arsenal’s long-term midfielder.
Zakaria will be free to start negotiating with foreign clubs in the new year.
The midfielder is expected to claim wages of £80,000 a week if he moves on as a freelancer.
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