- Dortmund sign Manuel Akanji for €21.5 million ($26.2m)
- The defender is no longer eligible to play for Nigeria
- He signed a deal till 2022 and he will wear number 16
Borussia Dortmund have strengthened their defensive ranks with the signing of Swiss international center back Manuel Akanji from Basel.
The 22-year-old is believed to have joined the Germans for a fee thought to be about €21.5 million ($26.2m).
“I felt very comfortable in the talks with Dortmund’s decision-makers," Akanji said.
"It was a decision of the heart. I’ve always liked the football that’s being played at Dortmund. I’m looking forward to the time here and will give my all.”
Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc said Akanji had been "in the sights" of a number of European clubs and believes the player "still has room to grow further."
The 22-year-old has won four caps for his country and played every game as Basel progressed from their Champions League group. He will wear the number 16 shirt at Dortmund.
He is ineligible to play for Nigeria having played in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers for Switzerland last year.
He could make his debut in Dortmund's Friday, January 19 night match against Hertha Berlin.
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