Dmytro Chygrynskiy is finally set to be unveiled as a Barcelona player this weekend after Shakhtar Donetsk agreed to a €25 million fee for the 22-year-old central defender, according to reports in Sport.
It is understood Barca have requested that Chygrynskiy does not contest the UEFA Super Cup final between the two sides on Friday as this would cause a situation of "extreme tension", while Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov insisted the deal be completed after Friday's encounter.
It had been expected that the Ukraine international would return with Shakhtar after the Super Cup final in Monaco to bid farewell to the club; however, it is now expected that he will travel to Catalunya on Saturday to be presented to the fans and complete formalities such as a medical and signing his contract.
Consistent with reports earlier this week, Chygrynskiy is set to take a pay-cut and is supposedly set to earn €1.2m net, rising to €2m, over the five-year term of his contract.
'Dima', who will not be eligible for the Champions League due to earlier involvement in the competition, could make his debut at Camp Nou on Monday night when Barca take on Sporting Gijon in their first Primera Liga game of the season - but it is more likely that he will feature in the club's next game, an away tie with Getafe.
Paul Madden, Goal.com