The agent of Leganés forward Martin Braithwaite has arrived in Barcelona to negotiate the 28-year-old’s potential move to Camp Nou.
On Monday, Barcelona were granted permission to sign an emergency forward following news of Ousmane Dembélé’s six-month injury layoff, and Braithwaite was soon suggested as the most likely arrival.
It looks like Barcelona are committed to the Norwegian, as Gerard Romero of RAC1 revealed that his agent Ali Dursun is already in Barcelona to negotiate the transfer.
Dursun has enjoyed plenty of success negotiating with Barcelona this season. Not only did he broker Frenkie de Jong’s big-money move to Camp Nou, but he also managed to convince La Blaugrana to offer his son, Mike van Beijnen, a two-year contract to join Barça B.
Van Beijnen managed just six months before being released in January, but it’s clear that Dursun has got Barcelona eating out of the palm of his hand.
Barcelona’s decision to pursue Braithwaite has been met with some confusion. He has a €18m release clause and has managed six La Liga goals this season, but Barcelona have still opted to pursue him over Getafe’s Ángel Rodríguez.
Ángel, who has netted ten goals this year, is available for €10m, so it looks like Dursun has managed to pull off yet another magic trick by forcing Braithwaite to the front of the queue.
As noted by Sport, the hope is that Braithwaite’s move could be finalised on Tuesday, which would allow the striker to join up with the squad for training later that evening.
Quique Setién expects to have a new forward at his disposal by Wednesday morning at the absolute latest, because he wants to have more options for Saturday’s meeting with Eibar.
He is keen to bring in a versatile option who can play centrally, both as a striker or at the tip of the midfield and as a winger, and it is thought that Setién is incredibly keen on ensuring the move for Braithwaite gets done.
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