City complete signing of Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund
By Ric Turner, Thu 01 September 2022 15:47
Swiss international joins Blues in £15m deal
City have completed the signing of Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund, for a fee believed to be in the region of £15m.
The Swiss international has penned a five-year deal that will see him remain at The Etihad until 2027, and is the Blues' fifth signing of the summer.
“I am delighted to be here, and can’t wait to get started,” Akanji told mancity.com.
“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.”
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Manuel has plenty of experience playing at the top level of European football and we are confident he will be a valuable addition to our squad.
“We have been impressed with his performances during his time at Dortmund, where he has developed into a very good defender and one who is ready to perform in both the Premier League and Champions League.
“He has everything we want in a centre-back. He is strong, quick, comfortable in possession, has an excellent passing range and he will complement the other defenders in this team and our style of play.”