The latest buzz around the transfer market is that Premier League giants Manchester United may face a tough challenge from Atletico Madrid for including Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria. While the Red Devils want to include him in their team as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, Atletico Madrid want him to add depth to their squad.

The Red Devils have entered the market looking for a world-class midfielder for quite some time now. This is because players like Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini have already departed from the club and Nemanja Matic seems to be beyond his prime. Not only this, but Paul Pogba has also been linked with a move out of the club next summer and as a result, Manchester United are in desperate need of world-class midfield options.

They had reportedly identified Denis Zakaria as a potential replacement for Pogba but may now face a challenge from Atletico Madrid, as claimed by a report from German media outlet Express. If this was not enough, other teams like Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur have also shown their interest in the 22-year-old which makes the transfer episode all the more interesting.

“I’ve been compared to [Patrick] Vieira and [Paul] Pogba – two more players I really respect and, in a way, see as role models. When I watch videos of them I think I’d like to play that way,” Zakaria was quoted as saying by Fox Sports Asia in the past.

The report also adds that the German League star may be available for an estimated fee of €40m.