Manchester City will go head-to-head with Bayern Munich for the signing of Denis Zakaria from Borussia Monchengladbach, according to reports.
Zakaria has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga in recent years. He helped Gladbach to qualification for the Champions League last season.
In three years in Germany, he has made just shy of 100 appearances. He has not featured this season due to injury, however.
When he regains his full fitness, though, he will be attracting interest from a number of clubs. Zakaria will be open to a move away from Gladbach as well, according to Sky Sport Germany.
The Swiss midfielder wants to take the next step in his career, probably to a club who compete in the Champions League more regularly.
And according to Calciomercato, there are two prime suitors for Zakaria. He could either stay in the Bundesliga by joining champions Bayern Munich, or move to England with Man City.
Zakaria has decided to turn down the chance to sign a new contract with Gladbach. His deal there expires in 2022, so they will have to look at selling him soon.
That will lead to a two-way battle between City and Bayern. City have admired the player for some time and could now have their best chance to sign him.
Zakaria a long-time Prem target
City are not the only Premier League club to have been linked with the 23-year-old. Last month, reports suggested Chelsea and Manchester United could consider a bid.
There were also claims that Liverpool were keeping an eye on him in case they could not sign Thiago Alcantara in the summer. Of course, they eventually did get the Spaniard, so had little need for an extra reinforcement.
Despite those previous links, neither Sky nor Calciomercato mention any of the other Premier League sides in their most recent reports. Therefore, City could sneak ahead in the race to sign the midfielder.