When Barcelona were left without Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele due to injury, the priority was to sign a versatile forward that would have a good sell on value should they choose to move him on in the future.
Martin Braithwaite ticked the boxes and paid Leganes 18 million euros for the Danish striker. The objective was for him to do well in his time at Camp Nou and his agents were already looking at the possible options for a summer move.
The coronavirus crisis has stopped everything, though, and it's now not ruled out that Braithwaite remains with Barça until 2021. In no case will he be sold for less than 18 million.
Barça have always had the re-sale up their sleeve. Braithwaite had offers in January but Leganes did not want to sell him after already losing En Nesyri to Sevilla.
Everton and West Ham are still interested in the former Middlesbrough frontman, but the coronavirus has created a certain amount of uncertainty as clubs don't know how the crisis will affect their finances.
The Barcelona hierarchy won't close the door on any situation. The priority, pre-coronavirus, was to bring in cash to fund investment elsewhere and Braithwaite was one of the players they would have considered offers for.
However, it's not ruled out that he stays now. The coaches are happy with his professionalism and believe his versatility can be exploited. He can play across the front line and has a different profile to the other attackers at the club.
Braithwaite has adapted well to the dressing room and is already well-liked. Camp Nou has also accepted him. Quique Setien has made it clear that he is a fan.
The most interested market in Braithwaite is the Premier League, although there is also interest in Italy.