Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly keen on bringing Raphael Guerreiro to Real Madrid, who will need to pay €60 million to sign him from Borussia Dortmund.
According to a report by German publication Bild, Raphael Guerreiro is occupying the fancy of Carlo Ancelotti heading into the summer transfer window. The Real Madrid manager wants the 27-year-old Portuguese defender in his squad, but Los Blancos will need to fork out €60 million to secure his services.
Raphael Guerreiro is widely regarded as one of the most enterprising players in the Bundesliga, having been a pivotal figure for Borussia Dortmund since arriving from Lorient in the summer of 2016. Hampered by a few injuries at times, the Portuguese defender has been relatively healthier in the last couple of seasons, and the results have reflected in his performances.
This past season, Guerreiro produced a return of six goals and 11 assists in 40 appearances across all competitions and has featured extensively for Portugal at UEFA Euro 2020. The 27-year-old’s progress with the Bundesliga giants has not gone unnoticed either, with Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti setting his sights on him.
Real Madrid could dip their toes in the market for a left-back this summer despite signing David Alaba from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. With Sergio Ramos already confirming his departure from Real Madrid and Raphael Varane being tipped to follow suit, Alaba could be used as a centre-back by Ancelotti.
So, with Marcelo touted for a summer exit, Real Madrid must keep their options open for the left-back slot unless Miguel Gutierrez is promoted to the first-team setup for good. To that end, Real Madrid have been linked with Leonardo Spinazzola in recent times, with talks to sign the Italian international already underway.
In addition, Nuno Mendes has also been identified as a possible target, with his compatriot Raphael Guerreiro now occupying Ancelotti’s fancy. Real Madrid, though, will need to splash the big bucks to land the Portuguese defender, with Borussia Dortmund slapping a €60 million price tag on him.
Amid financial constraints borne out of the coronavirus pandemic, Real Madrid might not be able to afford to shell out €60 million on a left-back, especially when Ferland Mendy has been going strong. So, a part-exchange deal involving Spinazzola could well be the way to go, although it will be interesting to see if a move for Guerreiro is sanctioned instead.