Borussia Dortmund are certain about what they have to do with Paco Alcacer. They have decided to exercise the option they have to make the forward's loan from Barcelona into a permanent deal.
The German club can sign Alcacer for 23 million euros, as agreed with Barça in August, and accordign to BILD they have already made up their mind on the back of the forward's form.
Alcacer has been spectacular for Dortmund despite not starting regularly yet. In the 200 minutes he has played this season -- including those with Spain on Thursday -- he has scored nine goals (seven for his club and two for his country).
For that reason, Dortmund have decided they have to keep hold of him. They will pay Barça the cash and will make him the third highest earner at the club, behind only Gotze and Reus.
The reports suggest he will earn around eight million euros per season, more than what he has been earning at Barça since leaving Valencia in 2016.
Barça, therefore, will pocket 23 million plus another five million in variables. In August it seemed like a good deal as they moved on a player who had not played regularly and was behind Luis Suarez in the pecking order.
Now, that's not so clear. It looks like a decent fee for a player who has been one of the biggest surprises in Europe so far this season.
But Barcelona's hands are tied. There is nothing they can do. Only in the case that Dortmund decide not to buy him, or if the player turned down the move, could they have him back.