Martin Braithwaite could be one of the surprise sales at Barcelona this summer. The player's camp knows he has to leave the club whatever happens after the signings of Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero. His first intention was to fight for his place, but Barça have told him he won't jave minutes. The European Championships have been a good shop window and four English clubs have asked about him, while there's also a big offer from Russia.
Braithwaite signed for Barça in February 2020 when the club were in the middle of an injury crisis. They paid 18 million euros, his release clause, to sign him from Leganes as an emergency solution with a resale value. The coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to sell him last summer despite offers to take him on loan but it could be different this time. Barça want to recover the majority of the cash they spent.
The Danish international is having a good Euro 2020, where he's a starter for his country, playing wide usually. His performances have led a number of clubs to take their interest to the next level. West Ham, Brighton, Burnley and the recently promoted Norwich are all following the situation, but Barça are also negotiating with a Russian club, although any deal would depend on Braithwaite accepting the offer.
Barça's idea is that Braithwaite doesn't have to return for preseason, so they're pushing for negotiations to speed up. They would prioritise a sale and are not interested in exchanges with the clubs interested. Braithwaite wanted to succeed at Camp Nou, where he has a contract until 2022, but his participation has been limited, although the club have been delighted with his implication and professionalism. Inside the dressing room, he's also well-liked.