Arsenal considering move for Bundesliga centre-back after talks in last 2 windows

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: Manuel Akanji of Borussia Dortmund in action during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund at BayArena on February 08, 2020 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)
LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: Manuel Akanji of Borussia Dortmund in action during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund at BayArena on February 08, 2020 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Arsenal are considering a move for Manuel Akanji this summer, after concrete talks for the Borussia Dortmund player in the last two transfer windows.

Augsburg's German midfielder Marco Richter (R) and Dortmund's Swiss defender Manuel Akanji vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Augsburg v Borussia Dortmund in Augsburg, on January 18, 2020. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images)
Augsburg’s German midfielder Marco Richter (R) and Dortmund’s Swiss defender Manuel Akanji on January 18, 2020. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images)

With the return of the Bundesliga last weekend, the transfer rumours are coming thick and fast. Yesterday it was Alassane Plea and Moussa Diaby, now Arsenal are reportedly following Manuel Akanji ahead of the summer.

Fussball Transfers claim Arsenal held concrete talks for Akanji last summer. It got to the point where the player was essentially saying his goodbyes before Paris Saint-Germain swooped in for Abdou Diallo and Dortmund decided to hold onto Akanji as a result.

Arsenal went back in for the player in January, discussing the possibility of a summer move. Despite everything that happened in the footballing world after that, a transfer is still possible for €25m-30m.

Akanji is up to 34 appearances for Dortmund so far this season. Most recently, he started against Schalke in the 4-0 win over the weekend. The 24-year-old is also a Switzerland international, with 22 caps for his country. He has a contract in Germany until 2022.