Manchester United have not been involved in the winter transfer window this January so far after spending £133.7m in the summer, but that could be about to change as an update emerges on a potential target.
SPORT1 journalist, Patrick Berger, has taken to his Twitter account to add further developments to the rumoured potential move for Denis Zakaria from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Manchester United.
“Man United are def interested in Denis Zakaria. There have been good talks with Rangnick, Judge & player agents. #MUFC discussing about winter transfer. Gladbach would let Zak go for €6-7m. Open race as #BVB, Juve & Liverpool interested too. No bid of any club so far.”
Signing a defensive midfielder has been a long term prospect for Manchester United, even when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge at Old Trafford so the fans will surely be buzzing at the developments in the potential signing of Zakaria.
Fans have been sharing their thoughts on bringing the Bundesliga player to the Manchester club since the update on talks opening, with one Red Devils fan tweeting: “£7m for Zakaria is a real deal just get it done already @ManUtd.”
According to FBref, the Switzerland international has shown how much his presence has an impact on his current side this season winning 0.97 aerial duels per 90 minutes, averaging at 4.14 tackles and interceptions per game this season, as well as racking up 2.48 blocks per 90 minutes too.
These statistics display the positional awareness that the 6-foot midfielder offers in his defensive actions, which is something that the current Manchester United midfield is lacking in terms of physical presence and ball retention in the centre of the pitch.
Rangnick will need to stay close to Zakaria over the next few weeks, as other clubs are speculated to be interested in securing the signing of the £51k-per-week star, and although the German coach suggested the club won’t be getting too involved in the window, he may be left no choice but to make an offer for Zakaria in January to push off competition for him.
After all, it’s a signing, given his quality and what United lack in a vital area, that would delight supporters at Old Trafford.
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