Borussia Dortmund’s search for a natural striker looks to have ended, after the club confirmed the arrival of Paco Alcacer on Tuesday night. The Barcelona frontman joins on an initial one year loan and the German club have an option to make the deal permanent. The loan fee is reported to be in the region of €2 million, with the buy out supposedly set at €23 million.
Alcacer, 24, will wear the number 9 for his new club and joins after scoring 43 goals in 151 La Liga appearances. The Spanish striker has represented his country at every level from under-17 to the seniors but did not make the World Cup squad after losing his way at Barca since joining from boyhood club Valencia in 2016.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga soon,” Alcacer said. “It’s one of the best leagues in the world and BVB, with their unbelievable fans and their famous South Stand, probably represent something magical for every football player.”
Later on Tuesday, Bayer Leverkusen announced the departure of Benjamin Henrichs to French club Monaco. The 21-year-old had been the Bundesliga outfit since the age of seven and featured in their opening day loss to Gladbach. The fee is thought to be about €20 million.
Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy is on his way to Bundesliga rivals Schalke after the two teams agreed on a transfer fee reported to be around €16 million ($18.6 million).