Borussia Dortmund wanted Juventus left back before his knee injury

Borussia Dortmund could have signed Juventus left back Leonardo Spinazzola, had he not suffered a cruciate ligament injury towards the end of last season.

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Borussia Dortmund had offered 25 million euros for Juventus left back Leonardo Spinazzola and were set to sign him before he injured his knee towards the end of last season. The 25 year old spent last season on loan at Atalanta, where he played against the Black and Yellows in the Europa League round of 32.

Spinazzola even got an assist in the first leg, which Dortmund won 3-2. Apparently his performances over the two legs impressed the BVB bosses. And they were ready to pay 25 million euros to secure his services in the summer before his injury put off the move.

Dortmund were looking for a long term replacement for Marcel Schmelzer this summer, but failed to sign anyone. Schmelzer has started all three of Borussia Dortmund’s match so far. But questions remain over his ability to feature week in week out. Borussia Dortmund also have Raphael Guerreiro and Jeremy Toljan, who can both play at left back. But the former has been used further up the pitch by Lucien Favre, and the latter is out of favor at the moment.

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Leonardo Spinazzola would have been a decent option for Dortmund. The winger turned full back had an impressive campaign with Atalanta before getting injured. Spinazzola, who has five caps for the Italian national team, is now expected to make his return to action in November. And if he can prove his form and fitness, Borussia Dortmund could look to make another move for him in January.