Subject to the resolution of some final details, Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement with FC Barcelona to sign Paco Alcácer, 24, on loan for one year until 30 June 2019. The Spain centre-forward completed the compulsory medical at Klinikum Westfalen today and is set to wear the shirt number 9 at BVB.

In addition, Borussia Dortmund have agreed an option to buy that can be activated to tie the player to the club for a further four years.

“We’re absolutely delighted that Paco Alcácer has chosen to join Borussia Dortmund and we’re firmly convinced this type of player will be a good fit for our style of play,” said BVB Sporting Director Michael Zorc, who added: “Paco proved his qualities during his younger years at Valencia, scoring lots of goals, and acquired special status there at just 22 years of age when he was handed the captain’s armband. In Barcelona, he worked alongside some of the best players in the world on a daily basis. The fact that he’s now taken the decision to make a fresh start after two years is attributable to the extremely tough competition for attacking places at the club.”

“I’m really looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga soon. 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,” declared Paco Alcácer.

The 24-year-old moves to Germany having made 151 appearances in Spain’s La Liga (43 goals, 22 assists), played 21 times in the Copa del Rey (11 goals, two assists), made 13 appearances in the Europa League (seven goals, one assist) and featured in 10 Champions League matches (one goal, one assist). He has six goals and one assist from 13 appearances for the Spanish national team. Alcácer, who joined Barcelona from Valencia in summer 2016, is renowned for being a two-footed, dynamic and technically capable striker.