Arsenal ‘put out feelers’ for Borussia Dortmund star who ‘dreams’ of Premier League move

According to reports, Arsenal have ‘put out feelers’ for Borussia Dortmund star Manuel Akanji, who ‘dreams’ of playing in the Premier League.

The former Basel defender has been at Dortmund since the start of 2019. He joined them for just over £15m.

Akanji has played over 150 times for the Bundesliga side over the past few years. He also shone for Switzerland at last summer’s European Championships.

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The centre-back is out of contract in 2023 and it is ‘almost impossible’ that he will stay at Dortmund beyond this season.

This is according to German outlet Bild (via Sport Witness). Dortmund have already settled deals to sign Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck.

The report adds that Arsenal have ‘put our feelers’ for the 26-year-old. It is said that Juventus are also ‘in the running’ for his services.

Bild have previously reported that Akanji ‘dreams’ of playing in the Premier League.

Elsewhere, Gunners legend Thierry Henry has criticised Arsenal for their treatment of their “extraordinary” defender William Saliba.

Arsenal paid £27m to sign the centre-back from Saint-Etienne in 2019. He is yet to make his debut for the Gunners.

After spells at Saint-Etienne and Nice, the 21-year-old joined Marseille on loan before this season.

Saliba has been one of the standout players in Ligue 1 this term as he has played 49 times for Marseille across all competitions.

Henry feels for Saliba as he was forced out on loan before making an error for Arsenal:

“They didn’t even let him make a mistake,” Henry told Amazon Prime.

“He left before an error. He didn’t even have the chance to compete for his place.

“What he is doing here is extraordinary. He was rewarded with a selection for the France team.

“At the moment, he belongs to Arsenal, I don’t know where he will end up. We have seen that it was a little difficult for him to express himself on the subject.

“What I know is that he could have been in the Arsenal group. I am not Mikel Arteta, but I found it difficult for him. Anyway, he responded well and that’s the most important thing.”


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