Report: Borussia Dortmund player Manuel Akanji offered to Arsenal
Manuel Akanji has now been offered to Arsenal, with The Sun reporting that the centre-back’s representatives are looking to secure the Borussia Dortmund man a Premier League move this summer.
Akanji has now been told that he can leave Westfalenstadion in this window. Dortmund have already confirmed that they have signed Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck ahead of next season.
The Sun reports that the Bundesliga side want around £21 million for the Switzerland international.
His representatives are working to try and secure Akanji a move to England. And they believe that Dortmund’s asking price could drop further.
The club they have contacted is Arsenal. And they hope that his relationship with Granit Xhaka may help tempt the Gunners into making a bid.
However, Mikel Arteta’s men are unlikely to take up the chance to bring Akanji to the Emirates. If they are going to sign a centre-back, it is more likely to be a left-footer, which the 26-year-old is not.
Arsenal offered Manuel Akanji
Much may depend on how far Akanji’s asking price drops in the coming weeks. Arsenal do not need to prioritise signing a new centre-back this summer.
Their defence improved dramatically this past season. And it appears that William Saliba will be in the fold in North London next year.
But Akanji has now made over 150 appearances in four-and-a-half years in Dortmund. Michael Zorc described him as a ‘pretty complete‘ defender.
Interestingly, FBRef lists Saliba as one of the players similar to Akanji. He is good on the ball, and he is not afraid to drive out from the back.
You would imagine that a Premier League side will make a move if he is available for less than £21 million. But perhaps Arsenal will put any potential interest on the back-burner for the time-being.
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