Gunners in Bor war for Zakaria
Denis Zakaria has told Borussia Monchengladbach he will QUIT the club in the summer – with Arsenal expressing an interest.
The Bundesliga giants have confirmed the Swiss defensive midfielder, 25, he informed them he WILL be leaving at the end of the season.
With his contract expiring, Zakaria will be available on a free transfer – with foreign clubs able to kickstart pre-contract negotiations from January 1.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with the 38-cap international in recent weeks.
Barcelona and Manchester City are also said to be keen.
But reports in Germany have suggested Arsenal have made the first move.
The Gunners could offer Zakaria a contract starting from July 1 to land him for free or land the £24million-rated star for a cut-price fee in January.
Borussia Monchengladbach could be tempted to sell next month rather than lose their star man for nothing.
On Wednesday, a Gladbach statement read: “Denis Zakaria has informed the club of his intention to leave in the summer after five years.”
Sporting director Max Eberl confirmed he had demanded his players inform them of their future plans before December 31.
Prior to the Bundesliga’s winter break, Eberl claimed: “I made it clear to the lads that, by the end of this year, I want to resolve everything that doesn’t have to do with Borussia’s second half of the season.
“I want everyone to be fully focused on the club, the second half of the season and on turning this situation around.
“The players should use the next few days in order to get their affairs in order.
“We will also make a few decisions, in order to have everything in order as we begin preparations for the second half of the season.”