Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Raphael Guerreiro to Elland Road.
That’s according to a report by TEAMtalk, who claim that Victor Orta is planning on making an offer to the 28-year-old this January, when the Borussia Dortmund left-back will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a new side.
Indeed, should the Portugal international fail to sign a new deal at Signal Iduna Park prior to the turn of the year, he will be able to discuss terms with a new suitor, as his current contract with the Bundesliga outfit is set to expire at the end of the season.
However, the report goes on to state that Leeds are not alone in their interest, with Juventus also believed to be in the running, although the Italian side are said to also be keen on Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo – meaning Orta could have a free run at Guerreiro.
Considering just how impressive Guerreiro has consistently been for Dortmund in recent years, coupled with Jesse Marsch being short for choice at left-back currently, the argument that signing the Portuguese full-back on a free transfer would be an unreal deal for Orta to pull off is an extremely easy one to make.
Indeed, over his 204 appearances for the German side, the £17.5m-rated talent has been a near-continuous creative and attacking threat for BvB, scoring 37 goals and providing his teammates with 39 assists – averaging a direct goal contribution every 196 minutes of football played for the Bundesliga outfit, a remarkable return for a left-back.
Furthermore, the £58k-per-week defender’s attacking inclination is clear to see in his FBref rankings, with the database listing the 28-year-old in the top 2% of full-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for non-penalty goals per 90, as well as the top 4% for non-penalty xG, the top 4% for shots, the top 17% for assists and the top 24% for shot-creating actions over the last 365 days.
The 56-cap international also impresses in possession of the ball, with FBref also ranking Guerreiro in the top 11% of full-backs for passes attempted per 90, in addition to the top 19% for pass completion, the top 7% for progressive passes, the top 14% for dribbles completed and the top 28% for touches in the opposition penalty area over the past 12 months.
These metrics see FBref compare the former FC Lorient starlet to some of the leading full-backs currently playing the game, such as Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies and AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez.
As such, with the player who Jude Bellingham claimed “rings around everyone” very much appearing to be an elite-level full-back, coupled with Junior Firpo’s well-documented struggles both on and off the pitch since his £13m move from Barcelona last summer, the “unreal” Guerreiro would indeed look to be an excellent signing for Orta to get over the line in January.