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Manuel Akanji joins Borussia Dortmund from Basel in ¬21.5m deal

Manuel Akanji joins Borussia Dortmund from Basel in ¬21.5m deal
From ESPN - January 15, 2018

Borussia Dortmund have signed former Liverpool target Manuel Akanji from Basel for a reported21.5 million fee including bonuses.

Akanji, a former target for Liverpool, became the club's first signing of the January transfer window when he agreed a deal until 2022.

The Switzerland international defender was in Dortmund on Sunday to witness the club's goalless draw with Wolfsburg and a day later put pen to paper on his contract.

"With his performances, Manuel appeared on the radar of several European top clubs," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said on the club's official website. "We are delighted that he opted to join us.

"He's shown for his national team and in Champions League that he can play at the highest European level. At the same time, we believe he's a defender with still a lot of potential for development."

Borussia Dortmund hat sich mit dem @FCBasel1893 auf einen sofortigen Wechsel des Spielers Manuel #Akanji verstndigt. Der 22 Jahre junge Abwehrspieler unterzeichnete einen Vertrag bis zum 30. Juni 2022 und erhlt die Rckkennummer 16. Herzlich willkommen, Manuel!pic.twitter.com/79VFrXKz9I

Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 15, 2018

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