Borussia Dortmund has agreed to sign on Barcelona defender Marc Bartra for an undisclosed contract length.
The Bundesliga club has triggered the eight million Euros clause prepared in the centre-back’s contract with the Catalans, which cannot be rejected.
Bartra has been playing with the Spanish double winners since the meager age of 12 and has starred with the youth team up to senior appearances. He made 12 appearances in all competitions last season.
The Spaniard’s departure coincides with teammate Dani Alves’s, which in turn means that Barca is set to revamp their defensive line. Rumours had indicated they had shown an interest in their former player, Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.
However, complications may arise given that there is no inclination from the Gunners to sell Bellerin so far.
In the meantime, Barca parted with Bartra on good terms and wishes him good luck for his future at Dortmund as well. A statement written on their official site read:
“FC Barcelona wish Marc Bartra all the best in his new phase of his career as a player and he will be invited to say goodbye to the fans personally at the start of next season.”
In England, Arsenal has reached an agreement with Leicester City for Jamie Vardy, and the striker is expected to decide whether he will join Arsenal from Leicester City before leaving for Euro 2016 with England soon.
29-year-old Vardy will inform the Gunners of his decision before flying to the national team’s base for the tournament in Chantilly, France.
Arsenal is prepared to make a £20m and has triggered the release clause in Vardy’s contract. Should he sign, the former non-league player would receive a 4-year contract along with significantly higher wages.
However, Premier League champions Leicester City reportedly is prepared to offer a better contract to counter fourth-placed Arsenal’s.