Manchester City tracking Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria

Manchester City tracking Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria

Manchester City are keeping tabs on Denis Zakaria, with the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder touted as a potential replacement for Fernandinho.

Fernandinho has been an integral part of Manchester City’s trio of Premier League title victories since joining the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, but has only featured in half of his side’s top-flight matches this term.

The 35-year-old’s contract expires in the summer, and although Pep Guardiola has suggested that there is still time for him to extend his stay at the Etihad, this would just be a short-term option and City will at some point be on the hunt for a defensive midfield successor.

One man who could step into Fernandinho’s shoes is Zakaria, and according to Sky Sports, the Cityzens are ‘monitoring’ the Gladbach man, having made enquiries about him during the 2020 transfer window.

The 24-year-old has 18 months remaining on his deal with the Bundesliga outfit, and the Manchester Evening News quote a figure of £40m should City wish to prise Zakaria away from Gladbach.

The Swiss international has made 17 Bundesliga appearances for Gladbach this season, having seen the start of his campaign disrupted by a knee injury.

He has previously been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich. The latter trio were all reportedly tracking Zakaria in October of 2020, with Liverpool’s interest dating back to March of last year.

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Zakaria played against City in the Champions League | Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

Guardiola will have been able to get a good look at the midfielder in the Champions League as Zakaria played the full 90 minutes in both legs of Gladbach’s defeat to City in this season’s last 16.

Despite being on course to stroll to the Premier League title, City are set to continue strengthen in the summer. The in-demand Erling Haaland is being touted as a replacement for Sergio Aguero, while Danny Ings has also been mentioned as a potential Aguero successor.

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