Man Utd make approach to sign Denis Zakaria after Ralf Rangnick’s recommendation

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Denis Zakaria is on Manchester United's shortlist

Denis Zakaria is on Manchester United’s shortlist (DeFodi Images via Getty)

Manchester United have held talks with the representatives of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, according to reports in Germany.

Ralf Rangnick has identified United’s midfield as an area to strengthen and Zakaria is available due to his current situation at Monchengladbach.

The 25-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and he will not commit to a new deal, meaning that the January window represents the last opportunity for the Bundesliga club to secure a transfer fee.

According to Sport1, Rangnick holds Zakaria in high regard and there has been positive talks between the midfielder’s camp and United’s transfer negotiator Matt Judge.

The report claims that Borussia Dortmund are also in the running to sign the Switzerland international and have held extensive discussions about a potential move on a free transfer at the end of the season.

It’s claimed that United have not yet made an offer for Zakaria, while Monchengladbach would be willing to accept a €6 million (£5m) transfer fee.

Borussia Dortmund are also in the running to sign Denis Zakaria

Borussia Dortmund are also in the running to sign Denis Zakaria (Getty)

Speaking last week, Rangnick admitted that he was concerned by United’s lack of balance in midfield.

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‘It doesn’t help if there is a profile missing,’ said Rangnick.

‘We need to work and want to work with the players we have. We have shown we are able to keep clean sheets with these players but it’s also what we’re doing with the ball and without the ball.

‘Again, we had too many giveaways, too many turnovers in that game, this is also an issue we spoke about with the team – that we shouldn’t make it too easy for the other team to be in possession of the ball especially when once we have the ball it’s also about responsible decision-making, making the right decision at the right moment.’

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