On Thursday by signing Swiss international Manuel Akanji on a five-year deal from Borussia Dortmund Manchester City strengthened their injury-hit defence.
After recent injuries to centre-backs Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake Akanji will provide the Premier League champions with extra defensive depth.
“I am delighted to be here, and can’t wait to get started,” Akanji, who cost City a reported 17 million pounds ($19.7 million) told the club’s website.
“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.”
After joining from Basel in 2018 the 27-year-old spent four-and-a-half seasons with Dortmund.
After former Dortmund team-mate Stefan Ortega Moreno, Sergio Gomez, Kalvin Phillips, and Erling Haal, Akanji is City’s fifth summer signing.
Due to play City at the Etihad Stadium With Dortmund in the Champions League group stage, On September 14 both Akanji and Haaland could face their former club.