Barcelona have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Monchengladbach star Denis Zakaria, as the German outfit have confirmed that the midfielder will be leaving at the end of the season when his contract expires.
One of the best players for Die Fohlen in recent years, Zakaria has been at the club for over four years now and has been a top performer, even though injuries have hampered in the past eighteen months or so.
The Switzerland international entered the final year of his contract with Gladbach in the summer. Since then, speculations over his future flying around with Barcelona among the clubs that have been linked with a Bosman move for the midfielder.
Now, Gladbach have officially confirmed that Zakaria will be leaving at the end of the season. “I already contacted his agent before Christmas and said that we would be planning without him from the summer at the latest,” said director Max Eberl.
With the official confirmation arriving, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has reported that Barça have already gotten in touch with Zakaria’s agent.
Someone who can do the job as a No. 6 or a box-to-box midfielder, the 25-year-old would add a different flavour to this Barcelona midfield with his robust style of play and physicality.
The Italian journalist has claimed that apart from the Catalans, the likes of Juventus, Bayern Munich are also in contact with the midfielder’s representatives along with a couple of unnamed clubs from the Premier League.
So, it will be anything but straightforward for the Blaugrana to get the deal over the line, especially considering that the English clubs would be in a position to offer a more lucrative contract to the Swiss midfielder.
Apart from Zakaria, his Gladbach teammate, Matthias Ginter, who also happens to be a target for Barcelona, will also be leaving the club at the end of the season.