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Transfer Rater: Paco Alcacer to Southampton

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Borussia Dortmund make Paco Alcacer permanent, to pay Barcelona up to €28M

Raphael Honigstein takes a trip to Marbella in southern Spain to meet Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund on their warm weather training camp.

Borussia Dortmund have exercised their option to sign on-loan striker Paco Alcacer permanently from Barcelona for a fee totalling €28 million, the La Liga leaders said in a statement on Friday.

The Spain forward, aged 25, has scored 12 goals for the Bundesliga leaders since leaving Barca on a loan deal last August. He is the joint second most prolific striker in the German top flight despite only starting five games, routinely netting after coming off the bench.

Paco Alcacer has become a key cog in Borussia Dortmund's chase for the Bundesliga title.

A statement from Barca said...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football.


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Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

By the numbers: Ronaldo equals 51-year-old record, Lukaku ends drought

A feisty North London derby, a tepid Manchester United performance, a "rare" Real Madrid win, a ruthless Manchester City performance, a milestone for Cristiano Ronaldo, a madcap finish to the Merseyside derby, a first league draw for PSG... this weekend had it all. Here are the best numbers from this weekend's football.


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Liverpool have scored more 90 (+) minute winners vs. Everton than any side has vs. another in Premier League history. They are now unbeaten in their last 21 games vs Everton...

Barcelona's Paco Alcacer completes permanent Borussia Dortmund move

Borussia Dortmund have activated their option to sign Paco Alcacer from Barcelona on a permanent contract until 2023.

Alcacer, 25, who joined Dortmund on an initial one-year loan, will officially become a Dortmund player when the transfer window reopens in January in a deal which Barcelona announced is worth €23 million, plus €5m in add-ons.

Barcelona will receive five percent of any future transfer profit should Alcacer, who has scored nine goals in eight games for the Bundesliga leaders,...

Marco Reus 9/10, Mahmoud Dahoud 8/10 as Dortmund win Der Klassiker over Bayern

Reus, right, scored twice and was a constant threat as Dortmund overturned a deficit to beat rivals Bayern.
Reus, right, scored twice and was a constant threat as Dortmund overturned a deficit to beat rivals Bayern.

DORTMUND, Germany -- The Yellow Wall rhetorically asked "Who will be Germany's Champions?" after Borussia Dortmund's 3-2, come-from-behind win against bitter foes Bayern Munich on Saturday night. The Black and Yellows put a seven-point cushion between themselves and their rivals while piling up more misery on the already crisis-laden Bavarians.

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This victory was a tremendous one for the Westphalians, who are surely now favourites to win the league. For the Bundesliga, it was arguably...

The Clasico on a golf course: Barca vs. Real Madrid doesn't lose its fire even in retirement

TARRAGONA, Spain -- An Olympic gold medallist is lost among the trees. Albert Ferrer, founder member of the "Dream Team," winner of five league titles and of the European Cup at Wembley in 1992 -- an exorcism that remains the most emblematic moment in FC Barcelona's entire history -- can't find what he is looking for.

He climbs a small hill, circling through the shade, still trying to work out what happened, trying to gain his bearings when a 69-year-old, white-haired man comes to his assistance,...