The Catalans will trigger his release clause of €18 million
Fabrizio Romano claims that Barcelona have reached an agreement to bring Leganes forward Braithwaite to Camp Nou.
It is believed that Barca decided to trigger the player's release clause after Leganes insisted that the price is non negotiable. The Danish international is set to sign a contract that will keep him with the Blaugrana till June 2023.
With Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele out for the remainder of the season, the Spanish giants were in dire need to sign a forward. The sale of Abel Ruiz and Carles Perez in the winter transfer window made matters worse as Barca had no outright striker they could rely on. Thus, they have closed in on Braithwaite.
La Liga rules allow Barca to buy one player as an emergency replacement for a long-term injured players despite transfer market coming to a close a fortnight ago.
Getafe's Ángel Rodríguez was also an alternative but manager Quique Setién decided to go with Braithwaite as the latter can play as a striker as well as a winger.Published 19 Feb 2020, 22:23 IST