Liverpool edge ahead of Dortmund in race for Switzerland star

Date published: Friday 22nd December 2017 9:35 - Oli Fisher

Liverpool have the edge over Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign a young FC Basel star, according to a report.

Jurgen Klopp is set to do battle with his former club Dortmund to secure the signature of defender Manuel Akanji.

The clubs are eyeing reinforcements in the coming transfer windows, with both criticised for their defensive performances already this season.

According to a report from The Independent however, the Reds have the edge in the race due to Basel’s willingness to keep hold of their star defender until the summer.

The Swiss outfit have been drawn against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City in the first knockout stage of the Champions League.

The report claims that Liverpool are willing to wait until the summer to make a more for Akanji, while Dortmund are keen to do business in January, meaning Basel are leaning more towards doing business with the Merseyside club.

Klopp has so far had to make do with the trio of Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan after he saw summer attempts to land Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk ultimately collapse.


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