Manuel Akanji joins Borussia Dortmund from Basel in €21.5m deal

Manuel Akanji

Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Swiss defender Manuel Akanji from FC Basel.

He had also been considered by a host of Premier League clubs including Southampton, West Ham and West Brom but Dortmund moved quickly to line up the highly-rated 6ft 2ins Switzerland worldwide.

Now, the Daily Mail report that Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are poised to sign Akanji in a £20million deal, beating a host of Premier League clubs to his signature.

"Manuel has been the target of several top European clubs with his performances and we are happy that he has chosen us", said sporting director Michael Zorc.

Akanji meanwhile said that his discussions with the club had "made me feel comfortable", meaning that "it was a decision of the heart" to join a club football he has "always enjoyed".

Under new head coach Peter Stoger, Dortmund have managed to stabilise their defence, conceding only one goal in the former Cologne man's three matches in charge. "He has already demonstrated at worldwide and Champions League level that he can play at the highest level in Europe".

Akanji won the Swiss Super League with Basel in 2015-16 and followed that up with the domestic double last season.

"I'm looking forward to the time here and will do my best".

Dortmund are set to pay just under €20 million for Akanji, according to kicker, with Sky adding that the transfer fee could go up to €21.5 million with bonuses.

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