Manchester City’s hopes of signing Denis Zakaria from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer look to have been handed a huge boost, with the Bundesliga side having reportedly slashed their asking price for the Swiss international.
According to German news outlet Bild, Monchengladbach have been forced to lower their asking price for the 24-year-old as a result of three key factors.
Zakaria has endured injury problems over the past season which have resulted in him losing his regular spot in Marco Rose’s side, whilst the financial impact of the current viral outbreak has also meant that the German side have had to lower their expectations when it comes to receiving a club-record fee for the defensive midfielder.
The former Young Boys midfielder’s contract with Monchengladbach is also set to expire at the end of next season and sporting director Max Eberl has ruled out the possibility of him leaving on a free transfer, which suggests that he will depart in this summer’s transfer window.
Therefore, it is reported that Monchengladbach would perhaps be forced to accept an offer of around €20m (£17.1m) for Zakaria this summer, which could represent superb business from Manchester City’s point of view regardless of his recent injury issues.
The Citizens have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old ahead of the summer and, if he were to arrive at the Etihad Stadium, it seems that he would be the natural replacement for Fernandinho in Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Brazilian is looking likely to depart Manchester City when his contract is set to expire in the summer and although Rodri has proved himself an excellent long-term replacement, Guardiola has still alternated between the two players this season, so it seems clear that he would appreciate having another defensive-minded midfielder as competition for the Spaniard in his squad.
Zakaria has been likened to both Paul Pogba and Patrick Vieira in the past, so if he possesses anywhere near the talent of those two Frenchmen, then he would surely be an excellent addition to City’s side and would perhaps be the catalyst for the 35-year-old Fernandinho bringing an end to his time at the Etihad.