The agreement for Manchester City to acquire Borussia Dortmund center-back Manuel Akanji has been finalized.
The Swiss international leaves Dortmund after completing the remaining twelve months of his deal, moving to City for about £17 million, and signing a five-year deal.
Akanji joins Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Sergio Gomez, and Stefan Ortega as City’s fifth summer signings.
Akanji said, “I am thrilled to be here, and I can’t wait to get going.
“Over the past few seasons, City has been among the strongest teams in Europe. Coming here feels like the ideal next step in my professional journey because they are amazing to watch, play a thrilling kind of football, and battle for championships year in and year out.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me because Pep Guardiola is a great manager and this team has exceptional players.
I am eager to put my skills to the test in the premier league and I will do everything in my power to support this Club’s success.
Manuel has a ton of experience competing at the highest level of European football, and we are certain he will be a useful addition to our team, said football director Txiki Begiristain.
We have been impressed by his performances while at Dortmund, where he has grown into a very excellent defender who is capable of competing in both the Premier League and the Champions League.
“He possesses every quality we look for in a center back. He will compliment the other defenders on our squad and our style of play because he is powerful, quick, at ease in possession, has a fantastic passing range, and he is all of those things.
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