Man Utd’s Denis Zakaria transfer hopes receive boost as club director breaks silence

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Borussia Monchengladbach’s director has confirmed the club are willing to sell Manchester United target Denis Zakaria this month. Zakaria has entered the final six months of his contract, and United have been linked with a cut-price move before the January transfer deadline.

BILD’s Christian Falk reports Ralf Rangnick is a fan of the 25-year-old midfielder and says that an offer has been made to his agents.

Despite his availability on a free transfer in the summer, United would pay to secure his services months in advance, although talks are yet to occur with Monchengladbach.

According to SPORT1’s Patrick Berger, another German source, the Bundesliga side would accept as low as £5million for Zakaria this month.

They appear acceptant of the Switzerland international’s exit this year, and United are targeting him to bolster their midfield ranks.

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Monchengladbach’s director Max Eberl has since confirmed the club’s willingness to cash in on Zakaria or defender Max Ginter.

He said: “There are no concrete offers for Denis Zakaria. That there has been a lot of speculation is not surprising.

“If something else comes in winter, I can’t rule out that one of them [Zakaria and Ginter] will leave.”

United will view his comments as encouragement in their interest for a low-cost move this month or free transfer in the summer.

With Paul Pogba still sidelined, Rangnick currently has just three first-team players capable of featuring as his two holding midfielders.

Scott McTominay and Fred are firmly his first-choice pairing, as they were Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s, whilst Nemanja Matic has a sporadic role.

With Pogba and Matic likely to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, though, the Red Devils’ need for reinforcements will intensify.

And although Zakaria doesn’t pose as a significant upgrade on the German coach’s current options, he undoubtedly boasts qualities that suggest he could thrive in England.

But Rangnick has recently acknowledged that the January transfer window isn’t a good time to strengthen for the long term.

“In my experience, winter is not the best possible time for sustainable transfers,” Rangnick explained.

“And with this quality of players we have here, it would in theory only make sense if you can get players who can almost guarantee you more quality. As I said from experience, this will be difficult in the winter.

Zakaria currently seems like an open goal, though, and if Rangnick is interested in him, it would be a surprise if United didn’t complete a deal this month.

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