Man City confirm Akanji transfer from Dortmund as they complete fifth signing of the summer

Date published: Thursday 1st September 2022 10:24 - News Desk

Man City to sign Akanji

Manchester City have signed Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal.

The 27-year-old adds defensive depth for Pep Guardiola after recent injuries to Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake left Ruben Dias and John Stones as the only fit senior centre-halves.

Akanji is City’s fifth summer signing following former Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Sergio Gomez and Stefan Ortega Moreno, while Julian Alvarez has also joined up with the squad following his switch which was agreed in January.

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Akanji, who will take the number 25 shirt vacated by Fernandinho this summer, 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.

“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.”


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