Balerdi will complete his move to Dortmund today - and then return to South America
Leonardo Balerdi is expected to complete his move to Borussia Dortmund today. However, the Argentina defender may not be available until February.
Borussia Dortmund are set to complete the signing of Boca Juniors defender Leonardo Balerdi who's expected to sign a five-year deal today, Bild reports.
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The 19-year-old is considered an investment in the future, but he could get to play a role in the first team this season already as Manuel Akanji could be out for the rest of the season if it's deemed he needs groin surgery. A decision on this is expected to be made early this week.
However, the Argentine defender will most likely not be available when the Bundesliga returns in the weekend. The centre-back is set to fly to Chile on Wednesday to participate in the 2019 South American U-20 Championship which will be held between January 17 and February 10. Dortmund are doing what they can to keep him in Germany, though.
Akanji isn't the only BVB centre-back who has had injury problems recently. Dan-Axel Zagadou and Abdou Diallo both suffered injuries before Christmas and are fighting to return to full fitness in time for Saturday's game against RB Leipzig.