Borussia Dortmund have completed their latest transfer on Wednesday, signing Portugal international Raphael Guerreiro from Ligue 1 side FC Lorient for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old has signed a four-year contract until 2020.
Guerreiro had been linked with the Black and Yellows for a while, with reports suggesting he chose Dortmund over esteemed competition from the likes of FC Liverpool and even FC Barcelona. Reports in Germany and France suggest he’ll cost a base fee of €12 million, while Lorient will receive up to 20 per cent of any fee Dortmund get for Guerreiro whenever he’s sold.
A technically skilled left-back who’s also comfortable playing in a more advanced role, Guerreiro will likely be Marcel Schmelzer’s back-up next season, though they could play together as well. Guerreiro looks like a natural fit for a wing-back role, too.
“Raphael Guerreiro is a technically adept player who can play different positions,” Michael Zorc said after the signing was announced.
Guerreiro joins Dortmund after three years for the club in Brittany in which he played in more than 100 league matches, scoring 10 and assisting another eight goals while only picking up five bookings.
Guerreiro is currently on international duty with his country, having started in Portugal’s first match at Euro 2016 against Iceland on Tuesday.
He’s earned seven caps so far but has made the most of them, scoring the winner in a prestigious friendly with Argentina in 2014 and scoring this belter against Norway last month:
— LORIENT EURO 2016 (@lorient_euro) May 30, 2016
After Mikel Merino, Ousmane Dembele, Marc Bartra, Sebastian Rode and Emre Mor, Guerreiro is already the sixth new signing for next season.