January 11, 2019 / 11:17 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer: Teenage Argentine defender Balerdi to sign for Dortmund

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Copa Libertadores Final - Second Leg - River Plate v Boca Juniors - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - December 9, 2018 Boca Juniors' Leonardo Balerdi poses for a photograph on the pitch before the match REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund are to sign 19-year old Boca Juniors defender Leonardo Balerdi, the Argentine club’s chairman said on Friday.

Daniel Angelici told a Buenos Aires radio station that Balerdi would fly to Germany on Monday and, subject to a medical, sign what sources inside the club told Reuters was a five-year deal for a fee of 16 million euros ($18.34 million).

Balerdi has played only five games for the Argentine giants but is one of the most highly rated young players at the club.

Usually a central defender, he is currently with the Argentina Under-20 team preparing for the South American championship that begins in Chile on Jan. 17.

Reporting by Ramiro Scandalo, writing by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris

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