Switzerland international defender Manuel Obafemi Akanji has signed a four and half year contract worth about €21.5 million with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
The 22-year old was a reported transfer target for Manchester United but Dortmund made him their first signing of the January transfer window and he’s contracted until June 2022.
The player, of Nigerian parentage, 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.”
He said: “I felt good in the talks with the BVB hierarchy. And thus, my heart decided. I have always liked the football played by Dortmund. I am looking forward to my time here, and will give it my all.”
The four-cap Swiss International who impressed during Basel’s Champions League campaign this season is expected to help bolster Dortmund’s leaky defence which shipped 22 goals in just 10 league games until the winter break.