Dortmund complete signing of Basel defender Manuel Akanji despite Liverpool links

The Basle defender has featured in all but one game for the Swiss side and played the full 90 minutes in their Champions League win over Manchester United in November

"The discussions I've had with those responsible at Borussia Dortmund made me feel comfortable".

"And I've always enjoyed the football they play in Dortmund".

The Swiss defender has joined the German side in a deal worth £20million and looked delighted as he posed with his new club's shirt.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc expressed his delight at the deal and hopes the Switzerland worldwide will make further progress at Signal Iduna Park.

"I'm looking forward to the time here and will do my best".

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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.

"He's shown for his national team and in Champions League that he can play at the highest European level. Nonetheless, we still see him as a defender who has potential for further development", Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc said.

He has already netted five goals in 41 games for Basel, helping them secure consecutive Swiss Super League titles in the past two years, and is a full Switzerland global with four caps at senior level.

Liverpool were also said to be monitoring him, but their interest dropped after they signed Virgil van Dijk for £75million.


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