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Dortmund sign Swiss worldwide defender Akanji from Basel

Dortmund sign Swiss worldwide defender Akanji from Basel

Switzerland worldwide defender Manuel Obafemi Akanji has signed a four and half year contract worth about €21.5 million with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

Akanji has attracted interest from big clubs after an impressive first half of the season, which included a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the Champions League. "We're delighted that he's chosen to join us".

"With his performances, Manuel appeared on the radar of several European top clubs", Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said on the club's official website. I have always liked the football played by Dortmund.

The German expert already brought Southampton' defender Virgil Van Dijk for £75 million, but it looks like he has also monitored Swiss global.




But it appears the Premier League will miss out on the Swiss global with Borussia Dortmund reportedly closing in on a deal.

The Swiss native joined Basel from Winterthur in 2015 and quickly established himself as a key player in defence as he helped his team to a domestic double last season. He also cited that Akanji has already shown "he can play at the highest level in Europe", but also that they "still see him as a defender who has potential for further development".

Dortmund have moved to solidify their defence and recover their poor season, as they now find themselves 15 points adrift of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.


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