Barcelona Set for Leganés Talks in Attempt to Lower €18m Fee for Martin Braithwaite

Barcelona Set for Leganés Talks in Attempt to Lower €18m Fee for Martin Braithwaite

Barcelona will attempt to negotiate a lower fee with Leganés for Danish striker Martin Braithwaite than his €18m buyout clause, but failure to do so is likely to result in the Catalans reluctantly meeting that figure, owing to a lack of other emergency options.

Barcelona have been given permission to sign a forward outside of a transfer window period following the season-ending hamstring injury suffered by Ousmane Dembélé this month. Luis Suarez was already sidelined and the club didn’t bring anyone in during the January window.

Luis Suarez,Ousmane Dembele

News of interest in Braithwaite, who has scored six goals in La Liga for Leganés this season since making his move from Middlesbrough permanent, emerged earlier this week.

Braithwaite’s agent arrived in Barcelona on Monday and Mundo Deportivo (MD) notes that an agreement over personal terms has already been reached. However, the club are set to hold a final meeting with Leganés officials to thrash out a final agreement on the transfer fee.

Crucially, Barça will try to convince relegation threatened Leganés to lower their demands.

MD suggests that Wednesday’s meeting could prove decisive because if Leganés refuse to negotiate and continue to stick to the €18m buyout clause, Barça will pay it anyway. The circumstances mean that the Spanish champions occupy a laughably weak negotiating position.

Martin Braithwaite,Guido Carrillo

The expected arrival of Braithwaite has an element of déjà vu after last season’s January capture of Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan. The former Ghana international was a desperate signing to boost numbers up front and failed to score during his time with the club.

Braithwaite wouldn’t normally even be on Barcelona’s radar, but he is now their only real option. This is a striker who has never scored more than 11 goals in a single league season, who has never played in European competition, and who was deemed a flop in England’s second tier.

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