Arsenal and Manchester United will lock horn for the signing of Monchengladbach star Denis Zakaria after Liverpool dropped out of the race for his signature, according to the Mirror.
The Swiss midfielder is one of the hottest prospects in the Bundesliga, and has been a key man for Monchengladbach over the last two seasons.
The Mirror claims the Red Devils have been in talks with the star’s entourage, while Tottenham and Arsenal have been following his progress.
It is understood Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees the Swiss midfielder as a long terms long-term successor to Nemanja Matic.
The Serbian is currently nursing an injury but is reportedly looking to find a new club.
He has fallen out of favour and could be set to leave in January.
Meanwhile, Zakaria could replace his fellow Swiss international Granit Xhaka at Arsenal, with the midfielder looking set to leave the club after his relationship with fans deteriorated.
The German League leaders Monchengladbach, have one less team to worry about with report claiming manager Jurgen Klopp is happy with his midfield options including Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and James Milner.
However, Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl is adamant that the 22-year-old is going nowhere in January, though.
“First of all, we have everything in our hands, because he doesn’t have a buyout clause. I can definitely rule out a transfer in the winter,” Eberl recently told Sportbuzzer.
“But we have always noticed that – especially when we’re successful – our players attract a lot of attention. We now have an extremely exciting young squad again.
“Transfer revenues have helped us to renew and improve the squad again. We will always have to give up quality and buy potential. We have no alternative but to follow that path.”
Zakaria’s current contract runs until 2022 and he is valued by his club at around £50million.