A combustible midfielder with quality at both the ends of the pitch, Denis Zakaria has drawn interest from all over Europe, especially England and Spain. Arsenal and Liverpool appear front runners…

According to The Mirror, the Swiss international is seen as a sutiable target for Arsenal and Liverpoolt; a fee of around £43m would be needed to complete the deal. AS are reporting that Atletico Madrid as well as a whole host of other clubs will fight for the midfielder’s signature

Since his move to Borussia Mönchengladbach two years ago for £8.7m, Denis Zakaria has been a constant presence in the first team. A ball-winner, but also someone that can go forward, the 22 year-old averages both 3 tackles and 3 dribbles per game (WhoScored). It’s actually the “0.6 dispossessed” stat that is the most impressive.

In a league where pressing is in the forefront of all defensive play, it is very rare to see a central midfielder average less than one dispossession per game. This means that he will occasionally go ninety minutes without losing the ball. Remarkable.

“The next Vieira”. You can see why.

Despite his competence on the ball, he is primarily seen as a defensive midfielder, playing alongside the more elegant Mickaël Cusiance. If Liverpool, or rivals to them Arsenal, manage to bring him in, it is likely that he will function more defensively. Although, he does have a goal in him too. At 6ft 2in, Zakaria has the physicality to adapt quickly to the Premier League…

Will he improve Arsenal? Certainly. Unai Emery is desperate to spend money following their sub-par start to the season. One thing is for sure: it would be a delight to see Denis Zakaria play in the Premier League.

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