Nigerian-Swiss Footballer, Akanji Joins Borrusia Dortmund


Borusia Dortmund have announced the signing of £20million Manuel Akanji from Basel.


The defender, who attracted interest from Manchester United and Liverpool, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Bundesliga giants.


Following the deal, the 22-year-old said: “I felt very good in the talks with the Dortmund managers, so it was a decision of the heart and I’ve always liked the football played in Dortmund.


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“I’m looking forward to the time here and will do my best.”


The 22-year-old helped Basel win the Swiss League in 2016, before they secured the domestic double last year.


After 42 appearances for Raphaël Wicky’s side, he bagged a total of five goals. United were hoping to hijack Dortmund’s deal for the defender, but Akanji had other ideas.

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Liverpool were also said to be monitoring him, but their interest dropped after they signed Virgil van Dijk for £75million.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: “Manuel’s performances put him on the radar of a number of top European clubs.

“We’re delighted that he’s chosen to join us.


Manuel Obafemi Akanji is a Nigerian-Swiss footballer who was born in  Wiesendangen, Switzerland in 1995.

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