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“Self-confessed United fan” – highly rated centre-back tipped to partner Harry Maguire

Manchester United have been in the hunt for a long-term partner to Harry Maguire for the best part of two years and the club have been urged to sign a centre-back this summer. The United captain is the first name on Solskjær’s team-sheet but the boss will be keen to add a settled partner beside the 28-year-old.

Borussia Dortmund Manuel Akanji has been touted as a possibility by The Athletic, who underlines that the Swiss defender has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past. It’s claimed in the report that Akanji is a self-confessed Manchester United supporter, which wouldn’t make a move any harder.

Akanji, 25, made a name for himself in the 2018 World Cup when Switzerland reached the round of 16. Since then, he has become a mainstay at the Signal Iduna Park, featuring 28 times for Dortmund in the league last year.

“Akanji’s confidence on the ball, ability to keep possession and confidence to bring the ball out of defence could be the perfect complement to England international Harry Maguire in the centre of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence,” the pre-Euro report read on Akanji.

Akanji has just two years remaining on his current contract at his club and could prove to be a good bit of business for United, but will recognise that negotiations with Borussia Dortmund will centre around a different player this year.

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