Barcelona are closing in on a £ 16m shock for Middlesbrough flop Martin Braithwaite outside the transfer window due to a crazy La Liga scuffle … so how are the Spanish champions able to sign a forward and can Leganes replace their stars?
- Barcelona are allowed to sign an attacker due to Ousmane Dembele & # 39; s injury
- The Spanish champions are given until March 6 to sign a new striker
- Former Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite is set to seal a move to Barca
- Leganes would not be able to replace the 28-year-old star Braithwaite
Barcelona join in signing an emergency spike after La Liga gave the reigning Spanish champions the green light to sign a replacement for Ousmane Dembele.
Former Middlesbrough flop Martin Braithwaite has emerged as Barcelona's top target with the club closing in on his signature.
Right here, Sportsmail & # 39; s Spanish expert PETE JENSON answers the important questions about his potential move, when he prepares to exchange Leganes for Barcelona.
Martin Braithwaite has emerged as a shock target for Spanish champions Barcelona
So how does one get those Middlesbrough underwhelmed a move to Barcelona?
There is a certain amount of desperation, which is clearly part of it. Barcelona is embarrassed by the situation in which they find themselves.
They have the biggest budget in the league, but enter the last three months of the season with only three strikers and one of these is only 17. But we should not take Braithwaite's credit. He has been very impressive at Leganes. If he gets his move, he will have earned it.
Braithwaite struggles for goals at Boro but is now set to join the La Liga giants Barcelona
And it will happen?
Braithwaite shares an agent with Frenkie de Jong, which is one channel effortlessly opened. And they don't have to negotiate with Leganes if they pay the purchase clause, which is € 20 million (£ 16 million).
The problem is that they started selling a big player at the beginning of the season (probably Ivan Rakitic), but despite leaving him on & # 39; bench for most of the first half of the season, he was not forced to leave.
It means that cash flow is a problem. They might need to take out a credit or come up with an unorthodox way to compensate the selling club to make the signing.
Getafe's Angel is also on the agenda and will cost less than half. That deal is not dead yet.
Back to Braithwaite … would he fit in?
Quique Setien loves him. He is a player who can score goals and lead the line, but does other things as well. Sometime this season, he has played from a center forward that doesn't sink any deeper than wide runs.
He is one who could not play Luis Suarez's position, but could also work alongside a center forward. He has eight goals in 23 starts this season, which is good in a wrestling team. But it is his versatility that draws. And he has scored against major teams in La Liga – including Barca and Real Madrid.
How could Barcelona line up with Braithwaite in the team?
He will not be able to play in the Champions League. As far as UEFA is concerned, if you do not sort your squad into the two available windows, you will not receive a special waiver for injuries in February.
That means he can play well in league matches prior to Champions League matches to give Lionel Messi as Antoine Griezmann a rest.
He could play between the Frenchman and Ansu Fati when Messi is on the bench. Likewise, he could get in line with Messi and the youngster if Griezmann was the player who was left out.
The arrival of Braithwaite could rest Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi
Was he able to & # 39; long term in & # 39; t stay team?
The club will try to sign Lautaro Martinez and / or Neymar. They also have Luis Suarez in contract and would like to come back and set goals that will not take him to the second highest score in & # 39; s history of & # 39; e club.
It is hard to see how he would not be sent back in the summer. Barcelona would hope he had done well enough that the club could make a profit on its £ 16m price tag.
If he plays well next to Messi and then has a good Euro 2020, that will help.
When will this be concluded?
The club on Monday only received full authorization to sign a player. They now have someone to bring in until March 6. But it seems they want to do something sooner rather than later.
They could do with a story that overshadows the controversy of accusations, of which they employ a social media consultant to plant stories about enemies of the council.
Setien ideally wants one in the team this weekend for the visit of Eibar. This is really no longer necessary to wait as a purchase amount can be charged and paid.
Quique Setien loves to sign a new striker before their upcoming clash with Eibar
And can Leganes sign a replacement?
Now. Braithwaite is their record signing, permanently imported from Middlesbrough for about € 5 million (£ 4.2 million) last summer, but they would lose him without a chance to bring in another striker.
Losing him would probably stamp their degradation with rubber. It will be difficult for the club who, despite a poor start to the season, continues to hold a real crack and lose another striker – Youssef En-Nesyri – in his winter window.
Leganes will not be able to replace Braithwaite if he completes a move to the Nou Camp
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