Currently in his third season with Die Fohlen, Denis Zakaria has cemented his place as one of the more exciting talents in the Bundesliga. Joining Mönchengladbach in 2017 for a reported figure of €10 million from Young Boys Bern, Zakaria has been a guaranteed starter throughout his time in Mönchengladbach.
It thus comes a no surprise that the Swiss international has attracted interests from some of Europe’s best teams. Sport Bild recently reported that not only are Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund interested, but also both teams from Milan as well as English sides Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
Zakaria has played every second of the season so far in all competitions. Being a classic number 8, his physicality, stamina, and pace are amongst his best assets. Mönchengladbach hope they might surpass their previous record sale, the €45 million that Arsenal paid for Granit Xhaka. Already capped 24 times by Switzerland as well as having European experience with Mönchengladbach, Zakaria gives the club every reason reason to believe they could get more.
Mönchengladbach’s sporting director, Max Eberl, has hinted that a possible €50 million transfer for Zakaria is on the cards starting next summer. Being a club that relies on smart transfer deals, Borussia will have to consider a possible club transfer record.
What club might be Zakaria’s potential destination is another question. Dortmund tried to buy Zakaria in 2018 for €22 million. Whether they have the resources to compete with clubs like Bayern or Manchester United is debatable, although their previous interests could appeal to Zakaria himself.