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Arsenal are poised to be offered Borussia Dortmund defender, Manuel Akanji, and his representatives hope two factors can grease a deal to north London, per a report.
Dortmund already wrapped up several pieces of clever business well in advance of the summer window officially opening. The twin arrivals of centre-back pair Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck have long since been agreed. The duo will give Dortmund’s defence a new feel next season and may also spark an exit or two.
According to the Sun, current centre-half, Manuel Akanji, may be one of those forced to make way.
The Swiss international, 26, was a regular starter for the Bundesliga powerhouse last season. However, he did struggle with injury once again, missing eight matches through two separate injury absences.
Akanji has just one year remaining on his Dortmund contract. With their new arrivals rubberstamped well in advance, talk of an Akanji exit has never been far away.
Indeed, Man Utd were linked with a move to shore up their backline.
However, that speculation was at its highest when Ralf Rangnick was at the club. With Erik ten Hag now in charge and Rangnick gone, a move for an Ajax centre-half such as Jurrien Timber now appears a likelier prospect.
Arsenal were also mentioned alongside a potential Akanji deal at a time when William Saliba’s future remained unclear. And per the Sun, the Gunners are poised to be offered Akanji this summer.
Transfer hopes pinned on two factors
The newspaper state Akanji has been told he can leave and his camp are hopeful two factors can help engineer a move to north London.
Firstly, he is an international teammate of Granit Xhaka. Xhaka is one of the most senior figures in the Arsenal dressing room and Akanji’s camp are hopeful he can assert his influence, or at least put a good word in.
Secondly, it’s claimed the representatives are confident Akanji’s £21m price tag will soon drop. The reasoning behind any potential price drop would seemingly be down to his contract status.
Should Arsenal pounce for Akanji?
Akanji is a high level operator when fit, though his persistent injury issues are a problem Mikel Arteta can do without.
What’s more, Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White built a formidable partnership last season. William Saliba’s future now looks like it will be back at the Emirates too, meaning Arsenal have three top class options at their disposal.
Akanji would represent good value if signed for less than £21m. However, other areas of Arsenal’s squad are in need of far more immediate attention.
Central midfield and centre-forward are greater priorities at present. Addressing those two positions is unlikely to be cheap too, meaning they may regret splashing the cash for Akanji when push comes to shove in other deals.
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