Barcelona have announced the sale of Marc Bartra to Borussia Dortmund after the Germans activated the defender’s €8m release clause.
Bartra won 14 trophies at Barca and made Spain’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016, but the 25-year-old struggled to displace Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano in his final two seasons under Luis Enrique, prompting his buyout threshold to drop to single digits.
“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,” reads a statement on Barca’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.”
Bartra had been linked with a two-year loan to Fiorentina just a day before as he was reportedly due to sign a new contract with Barca.