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Monday, October 18, 2021

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in a tussle over Denis Zakaria

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are known for their fierce rivalry. Both see each other as nothing but arch rivals. Even the fans of both the clubs hate the sight of each other. Such is the rivalry between the two North London clubs.

Though Arsenal is way ahead of their neighbours, in view that they have fairly more history and trophies than Tottenham Hotspur. Whereas Spurs is reducing the gap recently by capitalising on post Wenger era days.

Arsenal has hardly had the better of the rivalry in recent times. Though they will still be regarded as the best club in at least North London.

The two sides met in the North London derby a few days ago in a pre-season match. Tottenham Hotspur won the match by 1-0 with the help of Son Heung Min. However, there is another match going on between the two North London rivals in the transfer market.

North London rivals in a tussle for Denis Zakaria

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur desperate to add Denis Zakaria

According to a report from German media outlet Sport Bild, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both desperate to land Denis Zakaria. The Switzerland International has been highly impressive lately.

Both the London based clubs are looking to add a prolific defensive midfielder and they see Denis Zakaria of Borussia Monchengladbach as the perfect fit into their squad. However, the Gunners have been tracking him since the beginning of the transfer window.

Since it was believed that Granit Xhaka would be leaving Arsenal this summer, the Gunners went in for Denis Zakaria. The talks barely progressed after the interest, but all of a sudden Arsenal is ready to land him now.

However, the 24-year-old made a move to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2017 from Young Boys for €10 million. Since then, he has been an integral part of the first team. The Swiss International has played a total of 109 matches for the German club so far.

He featured in 25 matches for Borussia Monchengladbach in Bundesliga last season. But the defensive midfielder has taken the decision to leave the Bundesliga side this summer.

North London rivals in a tussle for Denis Zakaria

Many clubs looking to move for him

According to the same report from Sport Bild, many clubs across Europe are looking to move for him in the coming days. From the Premier League, Everton is also looking to make a move for him.

The 24-year-old player had unfortunately caught hold of COVID-19 in the ending week of July. Despite that, Denis Zakaria is training hard and trying to be fit and in shape because he is desperately looking to move away. Firstly, the German club kept an asking price of £43 million at the beginning of this transfer window. But any club hardly moved for him. 

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Now as reported by the Sport Bild, Denis Zakaria could be available for as little as £17 million. That is why many clubs have suddenly generated interest in him. We could certainly witness a tug of war between many clubs, especially Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the coming days. But the transfer has to be quickly completed since there is not much time left in the transfer window.

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