With just over a month left before the new season gets underway, it is imperative for Barcelona to trim the squad and make way for newer signings.
So far this summer, the club have been able to sanction the sale of Philippe Coutinho and Rey Manaj while Adama Traore and Luuk de Jong have left the club as well.
Clement Lenglet has joined Tottenham Hotspur on loan. Samuel Umtiti was another player expected to depart, but his move to Rennes has reportedly collapsed.
Barcelona though, may have better luck elsewhere with Gerard Romero confirming the departure of imminent Martin Braithwaite in the ongoing summer transfer window.
According to the journalist, the Danish international is “100% leaving the club” after falling out of favour under Xavi Hernandez. The striker is aware of his dwindling prospects in the first team, especially with Barca expected to bring in Robert Lewandowski.
The Polish international’s arrival could see Braithwaite fall behind him and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the pecking order, which could drastically impact his chances of getting selected for the Danish national team ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
While Braithwaite was initially keen on remaining at Barca, it appears the forward could now be on his way out of Camp Nou. He is among the lowest-paid players in the squad, so a move elsewhere could bode well for the striker.
It will hand him the opportunity to revive his career and make a case for becoming Denmark’s leading frontman in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
With just ten goals in 57 competitive matches, Braithwaite may not have an impressive goalscoring record at Barcelona. But he has proven himself in the past at Leganes and Toulouse and should not find it difficult to attract a suitor this summer.