Liverpool, Juventus target ‘dreams’ of Barcelona move

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria’s “dream of a lifetime” is to play for FC Barcelona, according to reports.

Premier League sides Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United have all been linked with the Switzerland international.

The 24-year-old’s Gladbach contract expires in 2022 and the player seems intent on leaving the Bundesliga outfit.

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They could cash in on Zakaria in January to recoup some of the £10million transfer fee they paid to sign him from Young Boys in 2017. However, a free transfer next summer seems the most possible scenario.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Liverpool are huge fans of the midfielder, but they face some stiff competition for his signature. Juventus – who love a free transfer – and Borussia Dortmund are also in the mix.

However, the report claims that a move to Barcelona is the “dream of a lifetime” for Zakaria. The 24-year-old also realises that a more “concrete goal” is to play in the Premier League, the Italian outlet say.

Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey is reportedly eager to leave the Turin club, and if he does, Zakaria’s arrival will become more likely.

Newcastle United and Everton have both been linked with Ramsey, who wants to sign for a Premier League club in January, claim the Daily Mail.

Ramsey’s main focus right now, however, is securing a home tie in the World Cup play-offs as Wales’ attempt to reach next year’s tournament in Qatar.

His form has remained consistent for his country despite struggling for game time and fitness at Juve.

A point against Belgium on Tuesday evening will secure second place in their qualifying group, with their play-off spot already confirmed due to their performance in the UEFA Nations League.

And Ramsey has emphasised the importance of securing home advantage in the play-offs.

“That was our target, to finish second in our group, that hasn’t changed,” he explained.

“If we manage to get a result on Tuesday, we will have achieved it.

“That home tie is going to be massive, but there are great teams in that pot who we could potentially draw.”

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