Manuel Akanji is free to leave Borussia Dortmund, and Arsenal have been offered the opportunity to add the centre-back. Recent central defensive additions at the Bundesliga giants have left Switzerland international out of favour for the next campaign.
The Gunners are active in the current transfer market to bring in quality footballers in different positions, but central defence isn’t one of them. Instead, the Spanish manager wants to add a new centre-forward, midfielder, full-back and probably a wide forward in the window.
They are reportedly close to signing Tielemans and Gabriel Jesus in the next weeks if things go well. One area the Spanish manager is least worried about is central defence. The Gunners are well stocked in the area and might focus their attempts on other positions.
The Gunners might have been looking for a new defender if the situation with Saliba was different. Instead, the French centre-back confirmed his intention over a return to Arsenal and will now compete with Holding, White and Gabriel for a spot in the club.
While the Gunners were interested in Akanji just about a month ago, along with Man United, they may not need him anymore. Manuel has been a solid footballer for Borussia Dortmund, but the club are seemingly heading in another direction, away from the defender.
As Borussia Dortmund have already signed Nico Schlotterbeck and Niklas Sule for the next campaign, the Swiss defender is surplus to requirements and is free to leave the German club if a sizeable offer comes in.