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Artillerymen in Bor’s war for Zakaria

Denis Zakaria has told Borussia Mönchengladbach he will LEAVE the club this summer – with Arsenal expressing interest.

The Bundesliga giants have confirmed the Swiss defensive midfielder, 25, he informed them that he WILL BE leave at the end of the season.

With his contract expiring, Zakaria will be available on a free transfer – with foreign clubs able to launch pre-contract negotiations from January 1.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with the 38-caps international in recent weeks.

Barcelona and Manchester City are also said to be enthusiastic.

But reports in Germany suggest Arsenal have taken the first step.

The Gunners could offer Zakaria a contract from July 1 to land him for free or land the star valued at £ 24million for a discounted price in January.

Borussia Mönchengladbach could be tempted to sell next month rather than lose their star man for nothing.

A statement from Gladbach on Wednesday read: “Denis Zakaria informed the club of his intention to leave this summer after five years.”

Sporting director Max Eberl has confirmed that he has asked his players to let them know about their future plans by December 31.

Ahead of the Bundesliga winter break, Eberl said: “I’ve made it clear to the guys that by the end of this year I want to sort out anything not to do with the second half of the season of Borussia.

“I want everyone to be fully focused on the club, the second half of the season and on turning this situation around.

“The players should use the next few days to get their affairs in order.

“We will also be making some decisions, so that everything is in order as we start preparations for the second half of the season.”


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