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Arsenal, Man Utd and Tottenham handed transfer blow as Denis Zakaria ‘rejects contract to hold out for Barcelona move’

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH midfielder Denis Zakaria has reportedly rejected a new contract in order to secure a move to Barcelona.

The news will come as a blow to Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham given the Premier League trio’s interest in signing him.

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria is holding out for a move to Barcelona despite Premier League interest

Juventus and Roma are also monitoring the 24-year-old’s situation – with Jose Mourinho’s side said to have tabled a contract offer already.

Zakaria is said to have rejected the deal as well as a new one from his current club Monchengladbach, according to Sport.

And his stance is said to come from his desire to move to cash-strapped Barca.

The Catalans are paying particular attention to the free-agent market given their crippling debts.

And Zakaria wants to link up with the Nou Camp outfit once his Monchengladbach deal expires at the end of the season.

The 38-cap Switzerland international recently had a shake up of his entourage and is now represented by family members.

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This is said to be part of his strategy to negotiate a move to the Nou Camp.

Arsenal, Spurs and Man Utd were part of a five-club tug of war this summer.

Zakaria made two appearances for Switzerland at Euro 2020 including their quarter-final against Spain.

The holding midfielder was troubled by a knee injury last season and this could result in Monchengladbach accepting a lower transfer fee.

He made 32 appearances for Monchengladbach last season scoring once.

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And he’s scored twice and provided one assist in five games this campaign.

It is not the first time the midfielder has been linked with a move to England, with United and Liverpool interested in him last year.

He was valued at £43m at the time but with his contract running down clubs could be able to sign him for less than half this figure if they move in January.


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