Barcelona set £250m buy-out clause for 28-year-old

Last Updated: 20/02/20 11:38am

Barcelona paid the buy out clause for Martin Braithwaite, who was at fellow La Liga side Leganes

Barcelona paid the buy out clause for Martin Braithwaite, who was at fellow La Liga side Leganes

Barcelona have announced the emergency signing of former Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite until June 2024.

The La Liga champions paid the £15m buyout clause for the Denmark international, who scored eight goals in 20 matches for Leganes this season.

Barcelona were given special permission to make an emergency signing outside of the transfer window after French forward Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for six months with a serious hamstring injury.

The buy out clause for the 28-year-old has been set at £250m.

He will only be eligible to play in La Liga for the remainder of the season, with Barcelona having already submitted their squad for the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Braithwaite endured a difficult two-year spell at Middlesbrough from 2017-19, scoring only nine goals in 36 Championship appearances.

Braithwaite scored eight goals in 27 matches for Leganes this season

Braithwaite scored eight goals in 27 matches for Leganes this season

Why Braithwaite, why now for Barcelona?

Martin Braithwaite’s move to Barcelona is an unlikely turn of events that is set to leave an unsatisfactory taste in Spain, according to Alvaro Montero.

Quique Setien has been placed in a tricky position barely one month into his reign at the Nou Camp. The Barca head coach is having to contend with an injury crisis at the sharp end of the pitch with Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele both likely to miss the rest of the season.

Having ending their interest in Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose and Getafe striker Angel Rodriguez, they have now activated the 18m euros release clause for Leganes forward Braithwaite.

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