Manchester City have completed the signing of Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund for a fee in the region of £17million.
The highly-rated 27-year-old centre-back arrives on a five-year deal, which keeps him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2027 – becoming City’s fifth signing of the summer in the process.
The Swiss international, who has won 41 caps for his country, has been a serial winner in Switzerland and Germany.
He follows Stefan Ortega Moreno, Kalvin Phillips, Sergio Gomez and former Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland through the door.
Akanji began his career at FC Winterthur in his homeland before moving to Basel. Having impressed there during three seasons he eventually moved to Dortmund in January 2018.
The centre-back made 158 appearances during his four-and-a-half year stay at Dortmund. During that time he won the German Super Cup in 2019 and the German Cup in 2020/21.
“I am delighted to be here, and can’t wait to get started,” Akanji told mancity.com.
“City have been one of the best teams in Europe over the last few seasons. They are brilliant to watch, play an exciting brand of football and compete for trophies year in, year out, so coming here feels like the perfect next step in my career.
“Pep Guardiola is an exceptional manager, and this is an exceptional squad of players, so this is an exciting opportunity for me.
“I am really looking forward to testing myself in the Premier League and I will do everything I can to help this Club be successful.”
Begiristain talks up Akanji qualities
City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain admits that is thrilled to get a proven player of Akanji’s ability on board.
He added: “Manuel has plenty of experience playing at the top level of European football. And we are confident he will be a valuable addition to our squad.
We are delighted to announce we have completed the signing of Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund!
— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 1, 2022
“We have been impressed with his performances during his time at Dortmund, where he has developed into a very good defender and one who is ready to perform in both the Premier League and Champions League.
“He has everything we want in a centre-back. He is strong, quick, comfortable in possession, has an excellent passing range and he will complement the other defenders in this team and our style of play.”
Akanji could be in line for City debut when they take on Aston Villa on Saturday evening.
The Swiss star gives Pep Guardiola an extra defensive body, with City turning to the Dortmund man after shipping five goals in two games against Newcastle and then Crystal Palace.
Pep’s men did, however, get back to keeping clean sheets in the 6-0 thumping of Nottingham Forest.
Akanji will now battle it out with Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Nathan Ake for a starting spot.
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