After Mikel Merino, Ousmane Dembélé, Marc Bartra, Emre Mor and Sebastian Rode Borussia Dortmund have signed Raphaël Guerreiro from FC Lorient. The French Ligue 1-club and the German giants agreed to a deal that reportedly will see the sum of €12 million being transferred between the two clubs. Guerreiro signed a 4-year contract that runs through the 2019/2020 season.
A slew of Europe's biggest clubs, including the likes of Barcelona and Liverpool, were interested in the young Portuguese player but ultimately Zorc was able to convince yet another young promising talent to join Thomas Tuchel's project in Dortmund. The recent signings of the club are eerily reminiscent of the transfers made in the early years of the incredibly successful Klopp-era, including a lot of inexperienced but talented young players.
The 22-year old Guerreiro can be lined-up anywhere on the left side of the pitch. During his tenure with the FC Lorient he frequently changed positions between left winger and left-back making him a versatile option for coach Tuchel. However he projects to be a full-time left-back in the future, Guerreiro will most likely compete with Marcel Schmelzer for the starting spot on defense.
One of the most sought-after characteristics of modern football is pace and Guerreiro certainly has it, the Portuguese international impressed a lot of clubs with his incredible runs up the field during last years campaign. His technique and first touch allowed him to move quickly up the field and provide width for his team often resulting in dangerous situations for opposing teams. In defense his biggest strength is his anticipation, Guerreiro often intercepts passes which can initiate counter-attacks but it can also be a gamble in case he doesn't get the ball.
If your not familiar with Guerreiro, you can watch him play during this years Euros where he will represent Portugal, so make sure to watch those games if you can. If you do know the lad, first of all what kind of freak are you watching Ligue 1 and most importantly what do you think of the latest addition to our squad?
All that's left to say is welcome Raphaël Guerreiro.