Dortmund complete Bartra signing

Barcelona defender Marc Bartra will join Borussia Dortmund after the Bundesliga club activated the 8 million euro buyout clause in his contract.

Bartra has been at the Catalan club since he was 12 and has been a feature in the first team for the last six season, but has been unable to cement his place, playing just over 100 games for the senior team in that time.

“FC Barcelona announce that German club Borussia Dortmund have informed them of their desire to activate the buyout clause for the player Marc Bartra, according to which the club is obliged to facilitate the transfer of the player for the price of €8m,” read the statement on Barcelona’s official website.

“Marc Bartra arrived at the club at the age of 12 and is a fine representative of the values embodied by La Masia, both as a player and as a person. The defender has spent more than half his life at FC Barcelona and with the first team he won five league titles, two Champions Leagues, two Copa del Rey, two European Super Cups, two Spanish Super Cups and one Club World Cup.

“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.”

There has been significant interest in Bartra in recent weeks with both Tottenham Hotspur and Fiorentina being linked to the player and Dortmund will be pleased to have snapped up the defender.