Saints and City eye Young Boys ace

Southampton and Manchester City are chasing the signature of Young Boys midfielder Denis Zakaria, according to reports in Switzerland.

Southampton: Saints and City eye Young Boys aceSouthampton: Saints and City eye Young Boys ace

RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen are also keen on the 19-year-old defensive midfielder, who has a handful of caps for the Swiss Under-19 and Under-21 sides.

Zakaria has enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Swiss Super League, helping Young Boys secure second place with three matches to spare.

He could even come up against Manchester City in next season’s Champions League qualifiers if he isn’t tempted to leave the Berne club before then.

The Zaire-born midfielder has scored one goal in 25 appearances for Young Boys and impressed in Switzerland Under-21s’ 1-1 draw with England in Thun back in March.

Zakaria, who is under contract until 2019, cost Young Boys under £300,000 when they signed him from Servette last summer but could now be worth more than 10 times that amount.

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