Manuel Akanji, a defender from Borussia Dortmund, has been acquired by Manchester City in a £15 million deal.
Akanji, a 27-year-old international from Switzerland, has committed to City on a five-year agreement that will keep him there until the summer of 2027.
Born to a Swiss mother and a Nigerian father, Akanji started his professional career with Basel before moving on to Dortmund in 2018. There, he made 158 appearances while partnering with City striker Erling Haaland.
After the additions of Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, and Sergio Gomez, City’s summer transfer expenditure has increased to £121.7 million with the addition of Akanji. Akanji, who will wear the No. 25 jersey left vacant by Fernandinho after his departure this summer, said he was “delighted to be here” and couldn’t wait to get going.
“Over the last several seasons, City has been among the strongest teams in Europe. Coming here seems like the ideal next step in my professional journey since they are amazing to watch, play a thrilling kind of football, and battle for championships year in and year out.
“This is a fantastic chance 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 all in my power to make this team prosperous.
Manuel has a ton of experience competing at the highest level of European football, and we are certain he will be a beneficial addition to our team, according to City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain.
We have been pleased 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, fast, at ease in possession, has a fantastic passing range, and he is all of those things.