German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are set to sign Spanish international defender Marc Bartra. BVB have agreed a four year contract until June 30, 2020 with the 25 year old central defender. However there are still a few details that need to be ironed out with his club FC Barcelona after the German club has expressed their desire to activate the central defender’s buy out clause of 8 million Euros and FC Barcelona will facilitate the transfer.
Dortmund have been on the lookout for a new centre-back after their captain Mats Hummels decided to leave the west German club after eight and a half year in the summer to join childhood club FC Bayern Munich.
Bartra has been at Barca since he was 11 years old, playing at the renowned FC Barcelona Youth Academy “La Masia” and later on he played for the Spanish youth national sides from the Under-18s to U-21, playing 33 times for the youth national teams.
Bartra moved up to the professional squad of the Catalan giants at the age of 19 and made his Spanish Primera Division debut in 2010 under then head coach Pep Guardiola in the Vicente Calderón against Atlético Madrid.
He has made six appearances for Spain’s senior national football team to date and has played 59 games in the Primera Division and 22 games in the UEFA Champions League for FC Barcelona with 103 matches overall for the Catalan club.
With the Barca first team he won five league titles, two UEFA Champions Leagues, two Copa del Rey, two UEFA European Super Cups, two Spanish Super Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.
The Sant Jaume dels Domenys-born Bartra is married and has one daughter.