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Arsenal receive Denis Zakaria transfer boost with midfielder willing to listen to offers from England


Zakaria could be available on a free next summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Denis Zakaria is stalling over a new deal at Borussia Monchengladbach and is ready to listen to offers from English clubs, according to reports.

Arsenal are looking to bolster their options in midfield, with Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles facing uncertain futures.

With Granit Xhaka out after suffering a significant knee injury, Mikel Arteta has had to rely on 22-year-old summer signing Albert Sambi Lokonga to partner Thomas Partey in the centre of the park.

The Gunners want to bolster Arteta’s midfield options (Picture: Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Xhaka’s Swiss international teammate Zakaria’s current deal at Gladbach is due to expire in the summer, with no extension or new contract agreed as of yet.

The 24-year-old is able to negotiate with foreign clubs from January 1, and according to The Sun, Arsenal are on red alert.

The report states that the midfielder, who can also play at centre-back, is willing to listen to offers from England.

Maitland-Niles was close to leaving the club in the last transfer window but had a loan move to Everton blocked by Mikel Arteta on deadline day.

The 24-year-old wants to play in midfield and impressed his manager when he got his chance to do so in the Carabao Cup victory over Leeds on Tuesday.

‘Well, we have used him [Maitland-Niles] a lot and in different moments he has played minutes,’ said Arteta.

‘He can cover different positions. That’s the bonus that Ainsley has and again, he kept trying and trying to improve every single day.

‘I felt he had a really good performance.’


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