✍️ Borussia Dortmund hat sich mit dem @FCBasel1893 auf einen sofortigen Wechsel des Spielers Manuel #Akanji verständigt. Der 22 Jahre junge Abwehrspieler unterzeichnete einen Vertrag bis zum 30. Juni 2022 und erhält die Rückkennummer 16. Herzlich willkommen, Manuel! ✌️ pic.twitter.com/79VFrXKz9I— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 15, 2018
The 22-year-old centre-back, who played every minute of Basel's Champions League group stage earlier this season, has been assigned Dortmund's number 16 shirt.
"I felt very good in the talks with the Dortmund officials, so it was a decision from the heart" Akanji told BVB.de upon confirmation of his move.
"And I've always liked the football played in Dortmund," he added.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc commented, "Manuel has been a target for several top European clubs with his performances, and we are happy that he has chosen us.
"He has proven in the national team and in the Champions League that he can play at the highest European level. We also see him as a defender, who has further development potential."