Borussia Dortmund have won the race to sign out-of-favor Juventus midfielder Emre Can on Deadline Day on an initial loan.

The former Liverpool midfielder joins the Bundesliga side on loan until the end of the season with an obligation to buy for around £21 million, to be paid over three years, if conditions are met in the rest of the 2019/20 campaign.

Dortmund signed off the sale of Paco Alcacer to Villarreal on Thursday, pocketing €23 million (£19.3m) and funding the club’s move for Can.

Upon his move to Dortmund, Can said:

“I think the team has great potential and can win something, I am convinced that I can help them and can’t wait to play in front of these fans, for whom Borussia Dortmund is known all over the world, for the first time.

The 26-year-old Germany international arrived in Italy on a free transfer from Liverpool in 2018 and scored four goals in 45 appearances for the Serie A club.

However, he struggled to claim a spot under new boss Maurizio Sarri this season, starting just two Serie A games, coming off the bench six times and remaining an unused substitute on 12 occasions.