Borussia Dortmund lead the race to sign Real Valladolid right-back Iván Fresneda, ahead of competition from England and Italy.
As Borussia Dortmund fans continue to cope with the fallout from the Bundesliga’s final match day, multiple rumors surrounding new arrivals have begun to gain traction. BVB seem to be looking to work quickly in terms of addressing key areas in need of reinforcement. In the case of one target in particular, namely Iván Fresneda, Dortmund’s interest is well documented.
Borussia Dortmund reportedly pushed to sign Fresneda in the winter transfer window, with the club willing to meet the then-15 million euro valuation of his club, Real Valladolid. The right-back position has shown once again to be a major weakness for Die Schwarzgelben; something that signing Fresneda would do much to rectify.
Dortmund’s summer looks to be a very busy one with a number of players, including the frozen-out Thomas Meunier looking set to depart as well. Signing Fresneda would be critical in terms of adding depth to the right-back position.
With Meunier’s departure, Dortmund would only have Marius Wolf and Mateu Morey to rely on along the right flank of the defense (with Julian Ryerson if need be as well). As of right now, BVB seemed to be in the pole position to sign the young Spaniard, ahead of teams such as Arsenal and AC Milan.
Fresneda has been impressive for Real Valladoilid this season, particularly excelling in terms of blocks (1.65) and clearances (3.10) per 90 minutes over the course of the last year when compared to players of a similar position across Europe’s top 5 leagues. His ability to cut out chances comes down to a keen sense of positioning and well as his ability to utilize his natural physicality.
While still quite young at 18, Borussia Dortmund may once again be able to work their magic and bring the best out of Iván Fresneda’s game to turn him into a mainstay at the right-back position for many seasons to come. It would be a very welcome change to see some stability in a position that Dortmund have failed to find a long term solution for since it was held by Łukasz Piszczek.