Manchester United ‘ready to battle’ Juventus for in-form Bundesliga defender

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Manchester United have once again been linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji.

Manchester United look set to pursue a deal for a defender this summer after a particularly disappointing campaign for their backline, according to reports today.

With the Red Devils previously linked with Manuel Akanji, they are now reportedly preparing to join the race for the Borussia Dortmund star once again.

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According to journalist Rudy Galetti, the Bundesliga club are expecting to part ways with Akanji and Old Trafford is seen as a potential next destination for the centre-back.

Akanji has been a huge success in Dortmund since his arrival from Basel four years ago, attracting interest from Europe’s elite and establishing himself as one of the league’s best defenders.

With his contract set to expire in 2023, Dortmund are struggling to keep hold of their star player and are likely to cash in this summer.

Akanji is said to be the subject of a United offerAkanji is said to be the subject of a United offer
Akanji is said to be the subject of a United offer | Getty Images

Akanji’s superb form means United will face a tough battle to capture the Swiss international and reports claim that Juventus are also keen.

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It is unclear how much Dortmund will ask for Akanji, though a potential move from United may depend on where they finish in the league this season.

The Black and Yellows have struggled in Europe in recent years and Akanji is likely to target trophies outside of the Bundesliga, meaning the Red Devils would certainly benefit from a Champions League spot.

Despite a poor season from Juve, they are usually guaranteed a spot in the European competition, while United face a nervy final four matches to beat Tottenham and Arsenal to a top four finish.

It is clear Erik ten Haag will be desperate to bolster his defence this summer and the Red Devils have also been linked with the likes of Pau Torres, Antonio Rudiger and Ronald Araujo.

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