Chelsea are keen to follow up their move for Kai Havertz with a third Bundesliga raid for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, according to a report.
The Blues are allegedly closing in on a deal for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Havertz. The German would be Chelsea’s third signing ahead of the new season, following Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
According to SportBILD journalist Christian Falk, however, Chelsea do not want to stop there.
They have defensive midfielder Zakaria in their sights and can see him featuring in the club’s Champions League campaign next season, if the Blues finish in the top four on Sunday.
However, the reporter also claims that Manchester United and Manchester City are keen.
“It’s true but Chelsea are not the only club keen,” Falk told the Byline Podcast. “We know these clubs have shortlists and Zakaria is on the shortlist of Chelsea because he is a really good player.
“But he is also on the shortlist of United and the shortlist of City. He’s really expensive for a player that hasn’t shown in on a big big competition.
“I know that Gladbach knows there are interests from big clubs and also German big clubs.”
However, Falk added that it is unlikely Monchengladbach will sell up this summer, with a move next year more realistic.
“I think it’s not his year to make a transfer and Gladbach don’t want to sell him but if a club pays €50million (£45million) or €60m (£54million) of course there will be negotiations,” he said.
“I think we will have to talk about Zakaria next year. They [Chelsea] are watching him and they can see him in the Champions League which is interesting.”
Switzerland international Zakaria moved to Monchengladbach in 2017 from BSC Young Boys. He has made 96 appearances in total, including only 23 in this season’s Bundesliga after a knee injury.
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