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The Daily Bee (September 29, 2020): Akanji On The Move?

Could Dortmund be down another defender?

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Leicester City Interested in Manuel Akanji

Noted BVB journalist Toni Cantona dropped a little bit of shocking news this morning that Premier League side Leicester City is looking to make a move for Swiss defender Manuel Akanji.

Were Akanji to move right now, Dortmund’s thin backline would become even thinner in an instant. Zagadou is still out with an injury, and Pizsczek only recently returned from an injury of his own. It would be safe to say an outgoing transfer of Akanji would be devastating for BVB.

According to BILD, the EPL club would be looking to make a bid of €20 million, less than what Dortmund paid to Basel. That’s my first red flag; why would Dortmund take a loss on Akanji, who played significantly better following the COVID restart, so late in the transfer window and with very little replacements out there? It’s also the English media, who love to pull transfer rumors out of thin air, so that’s another red flag.

There could be some small truth to these sudden rumors, so keep a skeptical eye on Akanji-to-Leicester City.

Cuisance to Leeds?

As the summer transfer window inches closer and closer to shutting, more rumors will begin to swirl and transfers will rush to get done. One such move that appears to be close to finishing is the departure of Michael Cuisance from Bayern to Leeds United for a fee of €20 million.

Cuisance is a fairly recent Bayern player, after forcing a move to the Bavarian side in 2017 from Borussia Monchengladbach for €10 million. Since the transfer, he only appeared in 10 league matches and 11 total matches for Bayern. So it makes sense for the young French player to want to move somewhere that will give him definite playing time that he has yet to receive.

This will mark the second departure from central midfield for Bayern, after Thiago left for Liverpool this month. Will these two moves have a big affect on Bayern, or will the Bavarians keep moving forward in their dominance of German football? The loss of Thiago will more likely have a greater impact on their first team, but it’s never great to lose depth in central midfield.

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