FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with German Bundesliga club TSV Hannover-Burgdorf for the transfer of 28-year-old left-winger Casper Ulrich Bjerre Mortensen to the Catalan club. The 1.90 m tall Danish international will be signing for three seasons, through to 2020/21.
Born in Copenhagen on 14 December 1989, Casper Mortensen is an experienced goalscorer, and renowned penalty taker. He has played at all levels for his country, and was the top goalscorer in the German championship last season with 198 goals, an average of six a game.
He started out at FIF Copenhagen (2000-2006) and FCK Handbold (2006) before turning pro for Ajax Heroes (2007-2009), where he scored 201 goals in two seasons; and was later at FHK Elite (2009-2011); Viborg HK (2011/12); BSV Silkeborg (2012-2014), where he gained his first Champions League experience with 61 goals in 12 games and then SonderjyskE (2014/15).
In the summer of 2015, he joined Hamburg in the Bundesliga, and switched to Hannover in February of the following year. Coached by former Barça player Antonio Carlos Ortega, he’s scored 322 goals in 70 league games.
His greatest achievement in the game was forming part of the gold-medal winning Denmark team at the Rio 2016 Olympics. He is the all-time highest scorer for his country at junior levels, and also won senior silver medals at the 2013 World Championship and the 2014 European Championship.
Mortensen joins Barça in the same week that it was announced that Valero Rivera will be returning to HBC Nantes after two seasons wearing the blaugrana shirt. When Barça play Teucro on Saturday 19, he will get the chance to bid farewell to the Palau Blaugrana.