Manchester United are reportedly prepared to take the lead in the Denis Zakaria pursuit by signing him in the January transfer window.

According to an update from SportBild journalist Christian Falk, Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Denis Zakaria. The Premier League giants are aware of the fact that the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder has been courted by almost every top club across Europe. And in an attempt to slip ahead in the race, they are prepared to offer a transfer fee to sign the 25-year-old in the January transfer window.

Manchester United are yet to hold negotiations with Gladbach surrounding a potential deal. However, they have made an offer to Zakaria’s agents, with Ralf Rangnick, in particular, being a huge admirer of the player.

It is no secret that the German tactician is currently in the market for a new midfielder. He is aware of the lack of consistency or quality from the midfield trio of Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic, whereas Paul Pogba is likely to leave Manchester United amid interest from Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain.

Rangnick was keen on a reunion with RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara in January, but it appears Manchester United have been put off by the midfielder’s £32 million asking price.

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As a result, Manchester United have set their sights on Denis Zakaria. With 144 competitive appearances for Gladbach since joining the club in 2017, the Swiss international has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga. His performances against the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have further raised his stock in European football.

What makes Zakaria such an appealing target for Manchester United is his contract situation at Gladbach. The 25-year-old’s current deal at the Bundesliga club expires at the end of the season, with the midfielder already announcing his departure next summer.

However, his spell in the Bundesliga could come to an end sooner than expected, with Manchester United reportedly prepared to make an offer in the January transfer window. Recent reports suggest that the Red Devils are willing to hand him an eye-catching €10 million per year deal.

That said, it remains to be seen whether Gladbach offload their star midfielder in January, knowing his departure could further derail their chances of making a recovery after a disastrous start to the Bundesliga campaign.

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