Manchester United have been widely speculated to be interested in a number of players across Europe as they aim to strengthen the squad this season after appointing Ralf Rangnick just over a month ago.
To that effect, they have now been named as one of the clubs in pursuit of a player who could solve a glaring problem at Old Trafford.
Journalist Jonathan Shrager has taken to Twitter to claim that United have joined Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the chase to secure the signature of Denis Zakaria.
He tweeted: “I am told that Manchester United, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have all recently enquired about the possibility of signing Denis Zakaria in January”
The 25-year-old midfielder has been drawing attention to himself at Borussia Mönchengladbach and is currently in the last six months of his contract, with the player available to leave on a free in the summer. However, many clubs are willing to offer a cut-price fee to take the player now; and according to the Daily Mirror, United are tracking the £24.3m-rated player.
According to SofaScore, United have coughed up possession on average 135.8 times per game over the 2021/22 Premier League season so far, with possession lost an astonishing 167 times against Newcastle last week, and they are losing just over half of their duels (50.1%) across their 19 league games played so far.
Zakaria is a 6 foot 3 defensive midfielder and seemingly fits the bill for exactly what United need to add to their team, with a 90% pass accuracy, 4.9 duels won per game, two goals and one assist, as per SofaScore.
With the rumours circulating about a potential move for the Gladbach star, some supporters have taken to social media to express how keen they are to have him at Old Trafford. For instance, one fan tweeted: “Denis Zakaria is available for 6 million pounds and Kamara is available for 10 million pounds, @ManUtd please have sense this transfer window”
Rangnick did put a dampener on potential winter transfer plans in December, saying: “In my experience, winter is not the best possible time for sustainable transfers and with this quality of players we have here.”
However, he did not rule out the potential of new signings in January, adding: “It would in theory only make sense if you can get players who can almost guarantee you more quality.”
United suffered their sixth league defeat of the season last night at Old Trafford against Wolves, who won 1-0 with a comfortable performance, whilst Rangnick’s side lacked confidence yet again as his unbeaten run at the club came to an end.
Morale among the Red Devils faithful may well be low after that poor result and some iffy performances, but if they can win the race for Zakaria’s signature, that could inject a much-needed buzz among the fan base.