Two months ago, we relayed news from Germany that Manchester United can take advantage of Borussia Dortmund’s decision to include Jadon Sancho in eight-man sales list.

Apart from the winger, Manuel Akanji’s name was also included in the list, but there was no mention of clubs that have come forward for the centre-back.

Local newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten explains the defender has ‘secretly, quietly’ extended his contract at the club.

His contract was initially set to run down in 2022, but the report now explains his current deal will expire in 2023 and not next year. Therefore, the German side have no pressure to take a decision on the 25-year-old when the transfer window opens after this season.

Despite the latest claims on the duration left on the Switzerland international’s contract, Ruhr add his exit in the summer is not ruled out, but is ‘unlikely’.

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The position, however, could change if the player ‘explicitly’ asks to leave BVB. So far, there’s been no signals from his camp in this matter.

Akanji played the full 90 minutes in BVB’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League clash that took place at the Etihad earlier this week.

The Red Devils get a mention at the end of the report as Ruhr state, Akanji ‘would like to move’ to Manchester at ‘some point’, and it’s to play for United.

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side show interest in signing Akanji in the summer, there’s a possibility to conclude the deal, provided the player tells Borussia Dortmund he wants to leave the club.