Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Portuguese international and EURO 2016 participant Raphael Guerreiro ahead of the new season.
The 22-year old left-sided defender had been linked with potential moves to Barcelona and Liverpool, but Dortmund announced on Thursday it has won the race for his signature.
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The transfer fee for the four-year contract which will run till 30 June 2020, is reportedly €12million, with Guerreiro’s former club retaining a sell-on clause. The completion of the deal left Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc delighted as the club added to the signings of Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembele, Mikel Merino, Emre Mor and Sebstian Rode. He said:
“Raphael Guerreiro is a technically skilled player who feels at home in several positions. We are very happy that he chose Borussia Dortmund.”
Last season’s Bundesliga runners-up have already signed two defensive-minded Spaniards in ex- Barcelona youth product Marc Bartra and Mikel Merino, who was fighting for promotion into La Liga with Osasuna. Holding midfielder Sebastian Rode also joined from Bayern Munich and talented youngsters Emre Mor and Ousmane Dembele had also moved to Dortmund from Nordsjælland and Rennes respectively.
Guerreiro, who possesses both Portuguese and French citizenship, will move to Dortmund on 1 July 2016 from Football Club Lorient-Bretagne Sud, with whom he has spent the last three seasons. He also appeared in 34 of FC Lorient’s 38 Ligue 1 matches last season and has seven international caps and two goals for Portugal. In total, he has made 102 appearances for Lorient, scoring ten goals.
The defender is currently with the Portugal squad at Euro 2016 and played a full 90 minutes of Tuesday 1-1 draw with European minnows Iceland in Group F.