Barcelona complete Martin Braithwaite signing

Tanya Simon
February 20, 2020

The former Middlesbrough forward completed an €18million transfer to the Nou Camp on Thursday amid the club's attacking injury crisis.

Of course, if Barcelona had also made this move in January, Leganes would have had at least a chance at replacing Braithwaite, but where's the fun in that?

The Spanish champions said in a statement on Thursday they had paid the player's release clause and he will join the club until June 2024, with a buy-out clause of 300 million euros.

Barca were given a 15-day window to bring in a striker from Spain or a free agent, and they moved quickly to secure Braithwaite's signature amid links to a number of players in La Liga, including Athletic Club's Inaki Williams and Getafe frontman Angel Rodriguez.

The Dutch star caught the attention of Barcelona after an impressive start to life in La Liga, scoring six goals in 24 appearances for Leganes.

Dembele has been ruled out of action for six months with a hamstring tear after undergoing surgery in Finland last week while Suarez is unlikely to return this season.

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He will now be charged with contributing to Barca's pursuit of a third successive league title, and could be in line for his debut against Eibar on Saturday.

The rules of La Liga stipulate that a club can be allowed to make an emergency signing if they are granted permission to do so.

However, he said he had no problem with Braithwaite or Barcelona.

The Blaugrana have now gone on to land the Danish worldwide, who has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal that runs till 30 June, 2024 after his €18 million buyout clause was paid.

Braithwaite will be the fifth Danish national to play for Barcelona. Quique Setien can now call upon the 28-year-old apart from Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, after having used youngster Ansu Fati extensively of late.

As a result, the Catalan giants have paid Leganes Braithwaite's release fee of £16m immediately, in order to have him available for the weekend.

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