Report: After Haaland, another 'outstanding' Dortmund player wants PL move, Arsenal have been linked
Reports from Germany at the start of this month named Arsenal and Manchester United as the two Premier League clubs interested in signing Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji.
European football is set to return to the Emirates next season. The Gunners are currently fourth in the Premier League table, and a win in their last two games will send them through to the group stages of the Champions League next term.
Even if they let Spurs get ahead of them, they will be in the Europa League. That means Arsenal will have to bolster the numbers in their squad – not just in attack and midfield, but in central defence as well.
Arsenal currently have Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes and Rob Holding as their options at the back. That’s simply not enough, which is probably why they are looking at Akanji.
Arsenal-linked Manuel Akanji wants to follow Haaland to England
German outlet Sport1 has shared an update on Borussia Dortmund’s transfer plans this summer after Manchester City confirmed the signing of Haaland.
One of the interesting points they make is about Akanji’s future.
The Swiss international, branded as ‘outstanding’ by Stephane Henchoz, will enter the final year of his contract this summer. He has no plans of continuing his stay at the Westfalenstadion beyond the end of this season, and he wants to follow his good pal Haaland to the Premier League, says the report.
The German publication further claims that interested clubs in England are willing to pay up to £21 million to sign him.
White and Gabriel are Arsenal’s undisputed first-choice centre-halves, and that’s unlikely to change next season. However, after what happened to Holding against Tottenham last night, Arteta may look at other options.
Akanji, who will turn 27 in July, will be entering the prime years of his career. He is vastly experienced and as a backup to White and Gabriel, he would be a decent option for Arsenal to consider.
It will be interesting to see what will happen with Akanji this summer. With Manchester United also said to be keen, it will not be easy for the Gunners to get him, but Arteta may just decide to hold on to Holding and integrate William Saliba into the squad when he returns from his loan spell.
The summer transfer window will be an exciting one for Arsenal fans, especially if Arteta’s side qualifies for the Champions League.
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