Manchester City Officially Announce Manuel Akanji Signing
Manchester City have confirmed Manuel Akanji as their fifth signing of the summer transfer window.
Manuel Akanji has been officially announced as Manchester City’s fifth acquisition in the summer hiring period.
The defending champions appear to have completed their summer transfer business after acquiring center defender Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund for £15 million.
The 27-year-old Swiss international underwent a medical and completed his transfer on Wednesday at the Etihad.
The English champions have revealed via their official social media that Akanji has signed a five-year contract, keeping him with the team through the summer of 2027.
It is understood that Man City pushed for a move for the highly-rated centre-back for a bargain price considering that he was into the final 12 months of his deal Borussia Dortmund and was also available.
It is said that Man City pressed for a deal for the highly regarded center-back at a discount price given that he was both available and in the final year of his contract with Borussia Dortmund.
Akanji will wrap up Pep Guardiola’s business in the market this summer and will face competition from the team’s existing group of center backs, which includes Nathan Ake, John Stones, Ruben Dias, and Aymeric Laporte.
Erling Haaland, a talented striker, Julian Alvarez, Kalvin Phillips, and Sergio Gomez have already been signed by City.
Now, Akanji and Erling Haaland are scheduled to reunite at Manchester City again this summer.
Regarding his move to the Etihad, Akanji said: “I am delighted to be here and can’t wait to get started.
“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.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me.” he said via ManCity.com.
The 41-cap Swiss international played 158 appearances for Borussia Dortmund after switching teams in 2018 from FC Basel, a powerhouse in the Swiss Super League.