As per a report by Sport Bild, Leeds United target Raphael Guerreiro is not up for sale in January, despite his contract set to expire in 2023.
With Ruhr 24 mentioning that Dortmund were open to selling the highly-rated left-back, due to concerns about his injury record and defensive ability, it seemed as if Leeds were on course to make one of the biggest signings in their history.
After all, Cristiano Ronaldo once singled out his fellow countryman as a player he would like Real Madrid to sign, as relayed by Bleacher Report.
Guerreiro to Leeds could be off the table
However, Sport Bild have reported that Borussia Dortmund consider the Raphael Guerreiro’s exit in January as “practically impossible”.
Considering the German giants will require the versatile defender’s services during the second half of the season, he is considered too valuable a cog in the side to sell in the winter transfer window.
Simply put, it has been stated that if the former Benfica man is fit, he is guaranteed to play for Edin Terzic’s side.
Leeds must consider alternatives as Guerreiro move looks unlikely
At Elland Road, there has been a crisis at left-back this season, with Patrick Strujik, a centre-back by trade starting for the side this season.
As for Junior Firpo, he has simply failed to live up to the billing since joining the club.
As a result, signing a player of Raphael Guerreiro would have been incredible business for Leeds United.
With Dortmund unwilling to let him depart the club, Jesse Marsch’s side should not dwell on the disappointment of being unable to sign the defender, as reinforcing the left-back department remains top priority.