Report: Aston Villa keen on Arsenal and Liverpool-linked free-transfer
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Report: Aston Villa keen on Arsenal and Liverpool-linked free-transfer

January is well and truly underway in the footballing world and according to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are in the mix to try and sign Arsenal and Liverpool-linked midfielder, Denis Zakaria.

The Mail’s report lists a number of players for each Premier League club in terms who they want to bring in during the January window. Of course, Aston Villa, under manager Steven Gerrard, could be one of the more active teams. And according to the Mail, Swiss star Zakaria is on their radar.

Zakaria is set to leave Borussia Monchengladbach for nothing. Now in January, he is free to negotiate a pre-contract with whoever he wants. Villa, then, appear to have thrown their name into the hat.

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Villa, though, will have to battle hard if they want Zakaria. We only reported on TBR days ago how he was supposedly in talks with Arsenal already. Further to that, the midfielder is also extremely fond of Liverpool, who themselves would like him on the books. Certainly, there seems to be a big fight under way for the battling 25-year-old.

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Funds are not an issue as such for Villa. However, whether they can lure Zakaria ahead of teams with European football on offer, remains to be seen.

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It’s clear to everyone that the Villa board are delighted with getting Steven Gerrard in. But now is the time to prove themselves and really back their new man in the market.

January, as we know, is a tough window to negotiate. However, the free transfer opportunities for the summer are more than ever, and Zakaria is one of the prime players available.

A dominating midfield presence, he would instantly improve Villa. And, of course, it would mean the club beat two Premier League powerhouses in Liverpool and Arsenal. Quite the statement indeed.

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