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Soccer-Alcacer joins Dortmund on loan after Barca struggles

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By Reuters
Soccer-Alcacer joins Dortmund on loan after Barca struggles
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - FC Barcelona vs Sporting CP - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 5, 2017 Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Albert Gea   -   Copyright  ALBERT GEA(Reuters)

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for the season, with the German club retaining the option to buy him for a fee which could rise to 28 million euros (£25.4 million).

“The German club will pay Barcelona 2 million euros for the year-long loan and take charge of the player’s salary,” the Spanish champions said in a statement Tuesday.

Dortmund can buy Alcacer at the end of the loan but Barcelona also have the right to refuse.

Should the forward sign permanently for Dortmund and later be sold to another club, Barcelona would earn five percent of the transfer fee.

Alcacer, who turns 25 on Thursday, joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2016 but failed to earn a regular first-team place with Luis Suarez picked ahead of him for the sole centre forward role.

The Spaniard scored 15 goals in 50 appearances over two seasons, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey twice and one Spanish Super Cup.

(Reporting by Rik Sharma; Editing by Toby Davis)