Manchester United’s transfer chief Matt Judge has reportedly held talks with Denis Zakaria’s representatives about a potential move to Old Trafford.
According to German outlet SPORT1, there have been “good talks” between Judge and the Switzerland international’s camp.
However, although a move for the Gladbach defensive midfielder is “hotly debated” within the club, there has not yet been an offer made.
SPORT1 claims that the Red Devils could sign Zakaria, who is out of contract in the summer, for around £6million euros in the January transfer window.
But United are reportedly “hesitating” about making a move due to the current “unrest” within the club and the unclear futures surrounding the likes of Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard.
Although United may decide to hold out and try to sign the 25-year-old on a free transfer, the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Liverpool are also rumoured to be interested in Zakaria.
The tough-tackling midfielder has already confirmed that he won’t be signing a new deal with the Bundesliga side.
Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk has also confirmed that United have contacted Zakaria’s agents.
Fabrizio Romano has reported there is an open race to sign Zakaria, adding that ‘the option has been discussed’ with the Reds, as interim boss Ralf Rangnick likes him.
Rangnick knows the 40-cap Swiss international well from his time managing and overseeing RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, but his connection to the midfielder goes back a lot further.
It seems following the latest development that United are tentatively expressing their interest in Zakaria without committing to a firm offer.
But with United evidently needing quality reinforcements in midfield, a £6million euros transfer fee on a player that could potentially help knit the team together is surely a risk worth taking.
Denis Zakaria is a signing that could completely transform our season.
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