Arsenal handed big boost in signing £24.3m midfielder next year

According to The Sun, Arsenal has been given a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria next season.

Over the summer, the Gunners bought Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht, but they were also linked with a transfer for another veteran midfielder, with Granit Xhaka expected to go.

The Swiss, on the other hand, were unable to find a satisfactory arrangement. With a one-year agreement until 2024 on higher wages, the former club captain decided to dedicate his future to the club.

Despite this, the club is still on the lookout for defensive reinforcements, as both Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are expected to leave next summer.

Elneny’s contract will expire in June of next year, and no agreement has been reached on a renewal. On the other hand, Maitland-Niles is said to be dissatisfied with his limited playing time.

In the recent transfer window, the Gunners were linked with a deal for Zakaria, and it is now alleged that they consider him as a long-term replacement to compatriot Xhaka.

Zakaria has turned down a contract extension beyond June at Monchengladbach, and he could sign a pre-contract with Arsenal at the start of the year.

With a significant knee injury, the 24-year-old was forced to miss the majority of 2022. This affected his prior campaign’s performance, as he failed to maintain consistency.

Arsenal’s pursuit of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria next season has been given a boost, according to The Sun.

The Gunners signed Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga over the summer, but they were also linked with a move for another senior midfielder, with Granit Xhaka due to go.

The Swiss, on the other hand, were unable to reach an agreement that they were happy with. The former club captain decided to dedicate his career to the club after signing a one-year contract with higher earnings till 2024.

Despite this, the club is still looking for defensive reinforcements, as Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are both slated to leave next summer.

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