Liverpool are in “pole position” to sign the sought-after Bundesliga midfielder Denis Zakaria as he wishes to work with Jurgen Klopp, according to reports.
After spells in Switzerland with Servette and Young Boys, Zakaria signed for Borussia Monchengladbach in 2017.
The defensive midfielder has been a key player for the German side over the past couple of years as he has played 138 times.
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The 25-year-old has also already been capped 38 times by Switzerland. Zakaria has been linked with a move to the Premier League over the past couple of months.
Gazzetta Dello Sport (as cited by Sport Witness) are reporting that the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Juventus are all interested in the midfielder.
But the report states that Liverpool are in “pole position” to sign Zakaria as he “dreams” of a move to the Premier League. It is also said that he is keen to work with Klopp.
Monchengladbach would reportedly demand between €8m and €10m for him in January.
Elsewhere, Chris Sutton is “leaning towards” Chelsea to beat Man City and Liverpool to the Premier League title in 2021/22.
Only two points separate the top three after 13 games. Chelsea are currently top of the standings on 30 points. Both the Blues and Liverpool have only lost once this season.
Sutton said: “At the start of the season, I tipped Manchester City to win the Premier League, but that came with an asterisk.
“It was provided they completed the signing of Harry Kane which, at the time, looked likely.
“Now that a third of the season has passed, I’m leaning towards Chelsea, who did sign Romelu Lukaku. But let’s be honest, any one of Chelsea, City and Liverpool could win it.
“Those three are on another level to everyone else. I’d be surprised if any of these horses fell out of the race. For the neutral, the prospect of them making this a scrap to the bitter end is exciting.
“Even without a striker, City are capable of being crowned champions. Their performance at Chelsea in September was one of complete control.
“But I sense that this will end up being a special season for Thomas Tuchel and that it will be dark blue ribbons getting tied to that trophy in May.”