Manchester City have signed Swiss international defender Manuel Akanji on a five-year deal from Borussia Dortmund, the Premier League club announced on Thursday. The 27-year-old, who has 41 caps for his country, is City’s fifth signing during the current window, which ends later on Thursday.
City director of football Txiki Begiristain says Akanji fits the profile of a defender manager Pep Guardiola requires. “We were impressed with his performance during his time at Dortmund, where he has developed into a very good defender and is ready to play in both the Premier League and the Champions League,” he told the site. club website.
“He’s got everything we want in a centre-back. He’s strong, quick, comfortable in possession, has great passing range and he’ll complement the other defenders on this team and our style of play,” he said. -he adds. Akanji began his career at FC Winterthur then in Basel in the Swiss league before joining Dortmund in January 2018, where he played 158 matches.
City did not release the transfer fee, but media had suggested it was between 15-17 million pounds ($17.4m-$19.7m). ($1 = 0.8627 pounds)
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