Marc Bartra is set to join Borussia Dortmund from FC Barcelona for a fee of 8 million euros, as the Catalans confirm on their official homepage. The Westphalians agreed on a 4-year-deal valid until 2020 with the centre-back, but some details are left to be sorted with FC Barcelona according to BVB.
With club captain Mats Hummels leaving to FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund are on the hunt for a capable replacement. Is Marc Bartra the one to fill Hummels’ boots in the coming season?
After seven years at the Camp Nou the Spanish international, who is part of Spain’s Euro squad, has decided to part ways to the Westfalenstadion on the outlook for more playing time.
As FC Barcelona confirmed, Bartra made use of his release clause, which allows him to leave for €8 million and according to German-based journalist Stefan Weßling of WAZ, a buy-back clause will not be included in the deal.
Bartra has appeared in 108 official games for Barcelona, but has fallen out of favour with coach Luis Enrique, struggling in behind Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano.
He only managed to play 497 minutes in Spain’s first division in 2015/2016, registering four starts in La Liga and 24 appearances in all competitions overall.
Rafael Hernandez, founder of Barcelona Blog Grup14.com says about Bartra:
“Bartra is a very technical ball playing centre-back with the same profile as Hummels.
For €8m he is a steal, the only problem with him is that he is inconsistent. He is 25 and yet to enjoy regular spells of playing time since being promoted [at the age of 19].
Tuchel and BVB make a calculated gamble that may prove very lucrative in the long term, and avoid Barça inserting a typical buyback clause too.
I have no doubt he can fulfill his potential as a reliable centre-back, and with Tuchel’s support that has just become likelier.
I think it’s possible that the German coach talked with Guardiola about the Spaniard before moving for him, Pep occasionally played him at a very young age, and knows his strengths.
Overall, the worst Bartra could do for BVB is becoming a backup centre-back, best scenario is him cementing himself as a starter, which I don’t consider farfetched.”