As the story in the Catalan media generally goes, when Martin Braithwaite signed for Barcelona in February 2020 it was made it would be a very short term deal. Barca paid Leganes the €18m clause required, thought they’d use the striker for the few months they needed, and then sell him for the same amount.
Braithwaite and his agents were said to be aware of this, so when links started happening, mainly with West Ham, it all looked like good business on the way for Barcelona.
However, Braithwaite thought differently. He’d enjoyed his time at the Camp Nou, and having a contract until June 2024 he decided he was in a good position. From Barcelona treating him like a commodity, he’d turned the tables.
West Ham have continued to be linked, and that’s again the case in Sunday’s edition of Sport. The Catalan newspaper says David Moyes side are ‘ready to bid’ for the striker, keen on a deal in the winter market.
Unfortunately for West Ham, and any other interested clubs, Braithwaite is determined to stay until the summer at least. On top of that, he’s been given a few opportunities and Ronald Koeman is a fan of the player’s approach.