FC Bayern would plan Denis Zakaria as a central defender

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There are currently increasing signs that FC Bayern is going all out in courting Gladbach’s Denis Zakaria, even a winter transfer from the Swiss is said to be an issue. In Munich, in the event of a change, he would obviously have a new role.

Denis Zakaria’s working paper at Borussia Mönchengladbach is only valid for a little over five months. A few weeks ago, the foals announced that the talks about an extension had ended without a result and that they would part ways after the season at the latest.

The 25-year-old has long been ensnared by top clubs from Germany and abroad, including according to “imageManchester United, Juventus Turin, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona and Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

According to the tabloid, the German record champions came to the realization that Zakaria would be a reinforcement for his already splendid squad and placed him “internally at the top of the shopping list”.



On Säbener Straße, however, action must be taken quickly and a winter change including a transfer fee of millions must be considered in order to outperform the competition, especially Juventus.

Problem: Gladbach is apparently asking around nine million euros for the Swiss – a hefty sum given the short remaining contract period. So far, however, FC Bayern is only willing to put half of it on the table.

FC Bayern is apparently planning Zakaria as a defender

Meanwhile, “Bild” also revealed how Zakaria would be scheduled in Munich. At his previous career stations in Geneva, Bern and Gladbach, the international played mainly in midfield, either as a sixth or eighth.

Bayern’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic should see the 1.91 meter tall professional as a central defender and see him there as a possible alternative to Niklas Süle (contract expires). In midfield he is only an option as a backup to Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.

A look at the statistics reveals that Zakaria spent only 18 of the 218 missions for his three employers in the defense headquarters – ten of them in the Gladbach jersey.

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