Spanish football champions Barcelona are seeking to settle a deal to sign Danish international striker Martin Braithwaite from Leganes by any means, according to media reports on Wednesday.
The American network "ESPN" indicated that the Catalan club obtained a special permission to join Braithwaite (28 years) outside the official contract period, and he will pay the penalty clause of his contract, which amounts to 18 million euros.
Leganes did not seem willing to negotiate with Barcelona, after he abandoned his other Moroccan striker, Youssef Naciri, to Seville early in the season.
The network added that the player will be able to participate with Barcelona in the Ibar match next Saturday in the Spanish League, where he is one point behind his rivals Real Madrid. The Spanish newspaper "Sport" indicated that Braithwaite trained Wednesday with Leganes in light of Barcelona's attempts to annex him.
And added that Barcelona obtained special permission after a long injury until the end of the season for French striker Osman Dembele, and he also recently missed his Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.
The Barcelona attack includes the best player in the world six times Argentine Lionel Messi, Frenchman Antoine Griezmann and teenager Enso Fati from Guinea-Bissau.
The Laws of the League refer to allowing the club to replace the injured player if his injury period exceeds five months, with another player from the Spanish League or without a professional contract.
Braithwaite joined Leganes in 2019 on loan from Middlesbrough before moving permanently at 5 million euros, and this season he scored 6 goals in the league. He scored 13 goals in 41 games with his current team, and carried the colors of Denmark in 39 international matches in which he scored 7 goals.