Barcelona have reportedly identified Leganes’ striker Martin Braithwaite as the one to replace injured Ousmane Dembele. Leganes’ main shareholder Roberto Moreno confirms interest from the Catalans but maintains that the forward will only leave if Barca pays the entirety of his 18 million euros release clause.
“Yesterday afternoon, they called us about Braithwaite,” Moreno told Diario AS. “They told us that they are contemplating signing him among a couple of other options. We will not negotiate his release clause, either Barca pay it, or they don’t, meaning he stays.”
According to Diario Sport‘s cover story on Tuesday, the Catalans have already agreed to pay the 28-year-old’s release clause. The signing will be officially completed either on Tuesday or on Wednesday with Braithwaite joining Barca with an immediate effect.
Quique Setien is believed to directly request the player. At the moment, the Danish forward’s agent is negotiating the details of the deal which will see Braithwaite tied at the Camp Nou for three and a half years, until the summer of 2023.