After Juventus announced the departures of Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur to Tottenham, the club have now confirmed the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria.
Zakaria’s contract at Borussia Park was set to expire in the summer and after he made it clear that he wouldn’t renew, several members of Europe’s elite were put on red alert. Juventus, though, were the only club willing to pay a small fee to sign the Swiss midfielder in January.
The Bianconeri sent their opening proposal to Gladbach on Saturday after reaching an agreement with the player and his entourage. Their offer was accepted by the German club over the weekend and Zakaria underwent a medical in Turin on Monday morning before the club confirmed officially his arrival.
Juventus confirm the signing of midfielder Denis Zakaria
Juventus revealed that they’ll pay an upfront fee of €4.5m for Zakaria’s services over three years as well as a €4.1m in bonuses.
The Swiss international has signed a contract with the club until 2026 and he’ll wear the #28 shirt for the Bianconeri.
A statement from Juventus opened: “Denis Zakaria is a Juventus player. The Swiss midfielder, 25, has signed for Juventus, and leaves the Bundesliga after 125 appearances with Borussia Mönchengladbach.”
The club then ran through all of Zakaria’s career achievements up to this point, including his 40 caps and three goals for Switzerland, before concluding: “Explosive, dynamic and gifted with a highly-tuned tactical awareness, Denis is now preparing for the most stimulating and special of adventures, in the shirt of the Bianconeri.
“Welcome, Zak!” Juve finished.
Zakaria will replace Bentancur in midfield after the Uruguayan joined Tottenham on deadline day. The 25-year-old is comfortable in a holding midfield role and many are hoping that his integration into Massimiliano Allegri’s starting XI will free up Manuel Locatelli and allow the elegant Italian to perform a more advanced function.