Swiss defender in Saints’ sights


Southampton are the latest club to be credited with an interest in highly-rated Basel defender Manuel Akanji.

Saints are in the market for a new centre-half following Virgil van Dijk’s move to Liverpool and Switzerland international Akanji has now emerged as a target.

Borussia Dortmund had seemed set to land the 22-year-old for a 30million euros fee in the winter window but the latest speculation in Germany claims their interest has cooled, with Dortmund prepared to wait until the summer before reigniting their bid.

That could allow Southampton the chance to move in and seal a deal but they could still face competition for Akanji.

Liverpool are also understood to be keen, despite their capture of Van Dijk, and a host of other clubs from across Europe have been linked with the defender.