Bayern Munich initiate contact with agent of Denis Zakaria

Bayern Munich has been in contact with agent of Borssia Mionchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich has been in contact with agent of Borssia Mionchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images) /

The midfield overhaul at Bayern Munich is set to be in motion during the next summer transfer window. Mickael Cuisance is the first departure in this position as he is close to sealing a permanent move to Venezia FC. The Bavarian club will likely see couple more departures in the summer that will open up space for new arrivals.

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria could become a key transfer target in the midfield for Bayern. The Swiss midfielder has decided to run down his contract at Gladbach. According to transfer journalist- Fabrizio Romano, Die Roten has been in contact with the agents of Zakaria. This is not the first time Zakaria has been linked with a move to Bavaria.

There will be significant competition for Zakaria as Romano confirms that Barcelona, Juventus, and two English clubs have also held talks with the player’s agent. The 25-year-old midfielder will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement during the winter transfer window.

Zakaria is a versatile midfield player. He can be used as a defensive midfielder or box-to-box midfielder. Apart from operating in two midfield positions, Zakaria can also play in the heart of the defense. He has been hailed as one of the best Bundesliga midfield players since arriving at Gladbach in 2017.

The only concern about Zakaria is the dip in his form since the serious knee injury he suffered in early 2020. He was out of action for six months due to this injury. Since returning from such a big setback, Zakaria has been very inconsistent for Gladbach. However, he still has a lot of time on his hand to get back to his best. Die Roten has already managed a similar type of situation when they signed Sane, so Zakaria’s recent form shouldn’t affect the club’s approach if the interest is concrete.

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Signing a top Bundesliga midfielder like Zakaria on a free transfer will be shrewd business from Die Roten. He can provide great cover in multiple positions across midfield and central defense. Moreover, he already has ample amount of experience playing in the Bundesliga.

Zakaria’s signing will also serve as a masterstroke for Rekordmeister from a financial point of view. The losses due to the pandemic are set to increase in the coming months as the omicron variant has forced games to be closed behind doors in Germany. In such a scenario, signing players on free transfers will be a sound strategy for Die Roten. Zakaria will address a key position without any transfer fee, making it low-risk-high rewards signing.