Borussia Dortmund reportedly had interest in signing talented forward Georginio Rutter from Leeds United in the summer.
The summer transfer window was a very chaotic one for Borussia Dortmund, who made four first-team signings to compensate for the sales of a number of crucial players. Edin Terzic’s side bolstered their attacking ranks late in the transfer window with the signing of Niclas Füllkrug. And according to The Athletic, BVB were also considering a bid for Georginio Rutter.
The report claims that Leeds United received a phone call from an intermediary representing Borussia Dortmund in the summer. They were told that BVB liked Rutter, and had the budget needed to sign him.
The Black and Yellows valued the 21 year old at just over 20 million euros. But Leeds United did not want to sell him – especially for that fee – despite their relegation from the English Premier League at the end of last season.
In the end, Borussia Dortmund’s interest did not amount to anything and Georginio Rutter stayed at Leeds United. The former TSG Hoffenheim forward has enjoyed an encouraging start to the season, and has two goals and two assists to his name in seven appearances in England’s second division.
Rutter showed glimpses of his high potential when he was at Hoffenheim, so it is no surprise that Borussia Dortmund held an interest in his signature. It is unlikely that they will follow up on their interest in the coming months though, with the likes of Niclas Füllkrug, Sebastien Haller and Youssoufa Moukoko already in their attacking ranks.