Manchester City are closing in on another summer signing out of nowhere as journalist Manuel Veth shares a late transfer twist out of Eastlands.
The Lowdown: City on fire…
The Premier League champions, starting as they mean to go on, have taken to this 2022/2023 campaign by storm – winning three out of their first four league games whilst remaining unbeaten.
Erling Haaland has also turned heads with a brilliant start to his career at Eastlands, netting six goals over City’s first encounters and even scoring his first hat-trick for the club in a 4-2 comeback win against Crystal Palace.
Taking all of this into account, you’d think the Sky Blues’ transfer business would be done, but recent knocks for Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake have seemingly prompted a late twist.
The Latest: Akanji deal close…
Indeed, it appears City are now closing in on the signing of Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji.
It is believed that Pep Guardiola’s side are even willing to offer him a bumper €11 million-per-year salary, which roughly translates to around £183,000-per-week, to join.
This is according to journalist Manuel Veth, who explained on Twitter:
“Manuel Akanji will join Man City. Erling Haaland played a major role in this deal, the Norwegian put in a good word for his former #BVB teammate. Akanji is set to receive a yearly salary of around €11m. Deal now all but done!”
The Verdict: Right call?
While City are stocked with real quality in defence, both Laporte and Ake’s recent issues have potentially backed cause for another option to avoid crisis.
Akanji will come as a solid rotational option and one with sell-on value given he is still 27-years-old and possesses plenty of experience on the world stage, having racked up over 40 caps for his native Switzerland.
The player also appears to possess the right mentality for City, calling himself an ‘ambitious’ player, something Guardiola will undoubtedly approve of in his side.
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