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Spanish side join race for Middlesbrough striker

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Getafe are interested in a move for Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite, Spanish outlet AS have reported.

Brathwaite spent the second of last season on loan in the Spanish top flight with Leganes, scoring five goals in 21 appearances in all competitions for the club as they finished 13th in La Liga.

Leganes are thought to be keen on making Brathwaite’s move permanent, but ‘Boro’s reported valuation of between €6million and €8million means it would take an ‘unprecedented investment’ for them to keep the striker.

They are now set to face competition for the 28-year-old from league rivals Getafe, who will be keen to strengthen their squad after finishing fifth in La Liga last season to qualify for the Europa League.

According to The Teeside Gazette, offloading Brathwaite is a key priority for ‘Boro in the summer transfer window. The Dane did not see eye to eye with former manager Tony Pulis, but it is thought that the Welshman’s departure has not changed their opinion on Brathwaite.

Since joining from French side Toulouse in the summer of 2017, Brathwaite has made 40 appearances and scored nine goals in all competitions for Middlesbrough, having spent the second half of the 2017/18 campaign back on loan in France with Bordeaux.

The Verdict

This feels like it will be a boost for Middlesbrough.

Brathwaite evidently won’t be in the club’s plan for next season, so they will want to get him sold as soon as possible in order to raise funds and clear the wage bill for potential new signings.

The fact that there are now two clubs in the race for Brathwaite increases the chances of that happening.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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