Arsenal reject chance to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji

    Manuel Akanji
    Manuel Akanji has been told he can leave Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)

    Arsenal are being encouraged to sign Borussia Dortmund centre-back Manuel Akanji this summer but have declined the offer.

    The defender, 26, was a regular starter at Dortmund last season, making 36 appearances in all competitions.

    The Gunners are looking for another centre-half to bolster their defence ahead of a return to the Europa League next season.

    According to The Sun, Akanji has been told he can leave Dortmund and his representatives are earmarking a move to Arsenal.

    However, the report goes on to say that, although the Swiss star is available for just £21million, he is unlikely to make the switch to the Emirates with Mikel Arteta seeking a left-footed centre-back to act as cover for Gabriel Magalhaes.

    The north London side already have Ben White and Rob Holding on the right side of central defence and, with William Saliba returning from his loan at Marseille, possess strength in depth in the position.

    Meanwhile, Pablo Mari is reportedly close to an exit on a permanent deal to Udinese which magnifies Arteta’s need for a left-footed defender.

    Gabriel Magalhaes
    A back-up to Gabriel Magalhaes is being targeted by Arsenal in the transfer market (Picture: Getty)

    But the Spaniard will have to manage his transfer kitty this summer, with a new striker, central-midfielder and left-back also believed to be on his list of targets.

    Speaking last month, Arteta indicated that he will aim to be prudent in the market owing to the club’s financial situation.

    He said: ‘We are going to have certain resources, not unlimited resources, some resources. And with our resources, we have to play and do what we have to do in the best possible way.

    ‘We don’t know what the rest will have but obviously it will be challenging because now it is not a top three, it is a top eight, but that is why we have to find a way to do again what we did last summer.’

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