By Pranav Shahaney

18th Aug, 2022 | 4:10pm

Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro would be perfect for Leeds United

Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Leeds United this summer.

According to former Eurosport journalist Dean Jones, the Portugal international is on the radar of a number of clubs along with the Whites.

They are also considering other options but a late move in the window for the Bundesliga defender cannot be ruled out at this stage.

He told Give Me Sport, “Raphael Guerreiro’s a name I’ve heard mentioned. There are a few that they’re looking at. It might be that they end up doing a loan or something from one of Europe’s bigger clubs once they know that there are people that don’t fit into the plans elsewhere.”

Junior Firpo struggled in his first season at the club and even now remains injured and set to miss the next few games.

Leeds have deployed Pascal Struijk in his stead and while he’s done a decent job, he clearly cannot offer what an attacking left-back can going forward.

That said, a move for the Portuguese would be terrific as he ticks all the boxes Jesse Marsch wants in a forward.

He’s in the top 2 per cent of all full-backs in Europe’s top five leagues for progressive passes made as he averages almost 7 every 90 minutes. [StatsBomb]

He’s impeccable at carrying the ball from defence to attack as well and is also exceptional in terms of his shot-creating actions.

Guerreiro is seldom found out of position like Firpo was last season and he would come to the club highly recommended as well.

In 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo went on record to say that he would want his Portugal teammate to join Real Madrid over other world-class players from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. [Goal]

At 28, it can be argued that he’s in his prime and hopefully, the Whites can make a substantial offer for him this summer.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now have a clear run to sign a £20m-rated left-back as their Premier League rivals have now bowed out of the race.