Clarets Set to Bid On Barcelona Striker Martin Braithwaite
Burnley Football Club are set to bid for Barcelona misfit Martin Braithwaite who has been told he will not feature for the club this season, with Norwich City, West Ham United and Brighton Hove Albion also chasing his signature, according to reports from Spain. Having signed Braithwaite as emergency cover up front after a spate of injuries in 2019-20, the Danish forward has never proven to be a key member of the squad at the Nou Camp the Spanish club are now likely to cash in on him this summer.
And according to Diario Sports, the four Premier League teams are currently watching his impressive displays for Denmark at Euro 2020. Where he has started every game of the tournament for his country and helped the team reach the last sixteen were they will face Wales. He has already been told by Barcelona that he will ‘have no minutes’ next season after the club signed Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay.
It claims he had hoped to fight for his place in the squad, but with the club making clear their stance on his future, they will now attempt to recoup the £15million they paid to sign him from Leganes in January 2020. Barcelona hope to wrap up a deal for Braithwaite before the start of pre-season so the squad can be fully settled, Diario Sports also added that Barcelona have been delighted with the player’s professionalism and that he is one of the most beloved stars in the dressing room.
The Catalan outfit had attempted to sell him last year but had to shelve those plans due to complications around the Covid pandemic despite proposals on the table, it continues, though this will be the final time the club negotiate for his departure. Braithwaite has not been prolific at Barcelona by any means, he has scored just eight goals at the Nou Camp, though seven of those came last season. He netted just once in his first campaign, before scoring two in La Liga in his second.
An experienced player with more than 400 career appearances, Braithwaite started his career in Denmark with Esbjerg fB before moving to Toulouse. He spent two years with Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship before moving to Spain to join Leganes.