Manchester United target Borussia Dortmund raid as they look to strengthen their defence

Manchester United are targeting a move for Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji this summer as they look to further bolster their backline.

The Red Devils have endured a torrid season to date, currently challenging for the top 4 in a campaign that promised a title challenge before it kicked off.

Central to their problems has been the defence, with 34 goals already conceded this campaign, despite the addition of four-times Champions League winner Raphael Varane. Harry Maguire has looked a shadow of the player that performed so well for England at Euro 2020, while Victor Lindelof has been solid if unspectacular.

Meanwhile, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones have been used sparingly amid injury worries for the pair.

In this light, a move for Akanji makes plenty of sense, with the 26-year-old having rejected a new deal with Borussia Dortmund and seemingly in surplus to requirements following the addition of Niklas Sule.

Where would Ajanji fit in?

Should Akanji arrive in Manchester, it would leave two options for any new Manchester United manager. Presumably, the reputation of Raphael Varane would keep him in the side, meaning that Harry Maguire, current Manchester United captain, would be the victim of the Swiss international’s arrival.

Manchester United target Borussia Dortmund raid as they look to strengthen their defense

Manuel Akanji of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League Knockout Round Play-Offs Leg One match between Borussia Dortmund and Rangers FC at Signal-Iduna-Park on February 17, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Alternatively, it could see a move to a back three, which Maguire has played in and excelled in while on duty with England previously.

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