Liverpool and Arsenal to miss out on ideal free transfer with two teams ‘leading race’

Liverpool and Arsenal have the opportunity to bolster their defensive ranks for free, but look set to miss out.

Premier League clubs are preparing to splash the cash this summer, though there are several top players available on free transfers over the coming months. Raphael Guerreiro is among those without a club, and English clubs look likely to miss out on the left-back.

The Portugal international shone with Borussia Dortmund this season and played a key role in their push to win the Bundesliga title – though their charge went unrewarded after failing to win in their final match of the season.

Guerreiro scored four and assisted 12 in 27 league appearances for Edin Terzic’s side, impressing with his attacking output and willingness to track back after bombing forward.

Liverpool have held a long-term interest in the 29-year-old and it would not have been a surprise to see that reignited this summer given that Guerreiro can play in midfield – a department which lacks depth at Anfield.

The ex-Lorient is primarily a left-back though and could have provided cover for Real Madrid-linked Andrew Robertson. Arsenal were also seen as a viable option for Guerreiro given that they are set to part ways with Granit Xhaka and Kieran Tierney this summer, and he could replace both seamlessly.

Atletico are looking for left-sided defensive options after losing Reinildo Mandava to a long-term injury which forced him to undergo surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his leg in February. Yannick Carrasco has played as a makeshift left-back on several occasions for Diego Simeone this season, though the club have made it no secret that he could leave.

Bayern are, unsurprisingly, firmly in the race for Guerreiro to provide depth on the left. Lucas Hernandez was expected to pen a contract extension at the Allianz Arena soon, but the Frenchman may have had his head turned as reports are circulating that PSG are now favourites to sign the defender.

Midfielder Ryan Gravenberch has also been heavily linked with a move away from Bayern this summer after just one year with the club, with Liverpool in the running to sign the Dutchman following his public pleas for more game time. There is no indication about Guerreiro’s preferred destination, and that could prove as an incentive for Premier League clubs to register their interest sooner rather than later knowing that the race is wide open.