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Leeds United could sign Raphael Guerreiro

Leeds United are seemingly eyeing a January move for Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro, according to reports.

What’s the word?

That’s according to journalist Pete O’Rourke, who had the following to say to GIVEMESPORT on a potential deal:

“I think he would be a huge upgrade for Leeds at left-back, which has been a real problem position for them for the last couple of seasons. 

“If they’re able to lure Raphael Guerreiro to Elland Road, I think it’d be a real coup for the club.”

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The exciting asset had also drawn interest from Manchester City in the summer, outlining his credentials as a fine option for the Whites.

Huge coup

The 28-year-old maestro – who has been named in Portugal’s official squad for the upcoming World Cup – has earned praise for his consistently impressive performances in Germany over the past few years, having scored 37 and assisted 39 from defence.

That form under various bosses boasts a consistency seldom seen around Elland Road in recent years, during what has been a tumultuous time for the club.

The 56-cap star has continued to impress this season despite his side’s poor form, with six goal contributions already detailing him as one of the standout players for the Black and Yellows.

His versatility is also outlined as a huge factor in his marketability, with his former sporting director Michael Zorc labelling the £81k-per-week star “a great footballer

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Bringing in such a high-profile recruit would mark a huge coup for Jesse Marsch, as noted earlier by O’Rourke, and could finally spell the end for the wholly disappointing tenure of Junior Firpo. 

The 26-year-old flop had moved to Yorkshire billed as an athletic full-back with a desire to stay on the front foot and coming from Barcelona he had great recommendations.

In recent seasons under both Marcelo Bielsa and Marsch the 26-year-old’s performances have instead sparked vast amounts of criticism and questions about his place in the team.

The defender was notably described as lacking “defensive awareness” by former Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny before he answered his own damning question about Firpo’s future: “Is he good enough for Leeds and to wear that shirt? No, I don’t think he is.”

Boasting European pedigree far beyond anything already at the club, and creativity again better than most, there is no doubt that tempting him to Leeds would mark a sensational piece of business as they once again look to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap.

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