Manchester City close in on Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji

Switzerland international set to join in £14.6m dealPep Guardiola praises ‘surprise’ impact of forward Julián ÁlvarezManchester City are close to signing the centre-back Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund. Talks are progressing to the final stage after City bid €17m (£14.6m) for the Switzerland international.Akanji’s arrival is not expected to precipitate the departure of one of City’s four senior central defenders: John Stones, Rúben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Aké. Akanji, who joined Dortmund from Basel in 2018, started 25 Bundesliga games last season but has not featured in this campaign.

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