Leeds United chiefs view Raphael Guerreiro as an ‘ideal fit’ to solve their left-back headache and the Whites could move for him as early as January, TEAMtalk has been told.
Guerreiro has been playing for Borussia Dortmund since July 2016. He has made over 200 appearances for the German team, helping them to win two German cups and one German super cup. And the full-back is currently on international duty with Portugal at the World Cup.
He played a full 90 minutes in their group stage opener against Ghana. That ended in a 3-2 victory thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix and Rafael Leao.
Guerreiro will be fully focused on the World Cup right now. Both his agent and Dortmund, though, will be looking to resolve his future.
The 28-year-old’s Dortmund contract expires at the end of the campaign. This means he will be able to sort out a pre-contract agreement with interested clubs from January 1, unless Dortmund act.
According to German newspaper Bild, Dortmund are unlikely to consider a winter exit for Guerreiro. They still hope to organise a new contract with him and his agent.
BVB are under pressure though, as both Leeds and West Ham are keeping tabs on the situation.
TEAMtalk’s transfer insider, Graeme Bailey, has given his information on the player’s future amid rumours of a Premier League move.
Raphael Guerreiro ‘in no hurry’ to secure transfer
He says Leeds view Guerreiro as the ‘ideal’ signing to solve the left-back problems, which have been caused by Junior Firpo’s poor performances and Stuart Dallas’ injury. And while Guerreiro is in no rush to leave Germany, a January swoop from Leeds is on the table.
“As it stands, it appears Guerreiro is not in a hurry to depart Dortmund. Despite no new deal agreed, he knows clubs such as Leeds are watching. Indeed they were in attendance in the last few weeks,” Bailey told TEAMtalk.
“He is going to get through the World Cup finals and then assess the situation. Dortmund have a host of issues to resolve, like Moukoko and Bellingham, but Guerreiro is another very much towards the top of their agenda.
“Leeds like Guerreiro a lot, and they think he would be an ideal fit. If he was available in January, I believe they would do it – but they are happy to wait for him until the summer.
“However, I would not rule out the possibility of a loan move although Pascal Struijk has been performing well – he is very much a defensive full-back rather than a wing-back and I believe they may look for another option, although the return of Stuart Dallas could get them through until the summer.”
Meanwhile, a Leeds summer signing has spoken about his desire to go back to a Europa League club in the future.
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