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Man City confirm signing of Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund

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Akanji has joined Man City
Akanji has joined Man City / Lars Baron/GettyImages

Manchester City have finalised the signing of centre-back Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund.

The Swiss international had entered the final 12 months of his contract with Dortmund and moves to City for a fee of around £17m and has signed a five-year contract.

Akanji becomes City's fifth signing of the summer, following Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Sergio Gomez and Stefan Ortega

“I am delighted to be here, and can’t wait to get started,” Akanji said.

“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.” 

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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.”