Middlesbrough are set to receive a cash windfall following former forward Martin Braithwaite’s surprising transfer to FC Barcelona from Leganes, as their sell-on clause kicks in.
A signing that caught the eye at the Riverside as Danish international Martin Braithwaite joined from Toulouse in the French Ligue 1 back in 2017 under then-manager Garry Monk.
It wasn’t the most fruitful spell of his career as Boro struggled under Monk and he was loaned out in January 2018 to Bordeaux, where he remained until the end of the season. He returned to Boro in the summer but expressed a desire to leave and made a permanent move to Spanish side Leganes.
His form there has been enough to see him catch the eye of some top clubs, including Catalan giants FC Barcelona.
While the transfer window shut at the end of January, Barcelona have been left extremely light up front after the season-ending injury to Luis Suarez among other lay-offs.
La Liga granted to club permission to sign a player outside of the transfer window and they immediately set their sights on Braithwaite from the relegation-threatened Leganes and triggered his €18million release clause, seeing him move to the Camp Nou.
Details have been revealed, via the Gazette Live, that Middlesbrough’s windfall from their sell-on clause will be around £2million.
This departure has caused a lot of controversy in Spanish football as it leaves Leganes without a key player or any chance of replacement as they battle against relegation from La Liga.
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It wasn’t a very successful move to Teesside for the Danish frontman but it was clear that he’s a talented player.
His form elsewhere and internationally is good evidence of that, however, it’s hard to use this move to Barcelona as an indicator of just how good he is.
If Barcelona weren’t in a position where they had no strikers fit and ready to start, they wouldn’t have entertained a bid for him, but they clearly rate him enough to warrant taking the gamble.
It’s a big boost for Middlesbrough to receive such a hefty sum for a player that they had washed their hands of.