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Martin Braithwaite FINALLY nears a Barcelona departure after the outcast passes his medical with rivals Espanyol – but the deal can’t go through until they loan Raul de Tomas
- Barça’s Martin Braithwaite nearing his move to Espanyol after passing a medical check
- However, Espanyol must first loan their top earner Raul de Tomas
- Several Premier League clubs, including Villa, have taken the 27-year-old into consideration
Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite is close to a move to Espanyol after passing a medical check, but the Spanish club must first loan out top earner Raul de Tomas.
Several Premier League clubs, including Everton and Aston Villa, regarded the 27-year-old as the best seeded this summer with Fulham now.
Espanyol had hoped to sell the former Real Madrid and Benfica forward, their most expensive purchase of all time, costing €20m in 2020. However, they have accepted a loan as it is the best chance of getting him off the wage bill.
Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite is close to joining Espanyol after passing a medical
Braithwaite’s £16 million move to Camp Nou in February 2020 came as a shock to many in the football world.
Just a year before his transfer, Braithwaite played for Middlesbrough in the Championship.
Despite winning the Copa del Rey in 2021, Braithwaite is largely on the fringes of the Blaugrana first team.
He made just five appearances in all competitions last season and was left out of Barcelona’s pre-season tour of the US.
Despite winning the Copa del Rey in 2021 (above), Braithwaite is largely on the fringes of the Blaugrana first team
Braithwaite will need regular playing time if he wants to play in Denmark’s roster of Kasper Hjulmand at the 2022 World Cup
That’s why the LaLiga giants are eager to relieve the 31-year-old amid their ongoing financial troubles.
Braithwaite, however, refused earlier to leave the club unless he is fully compensated for the last two years of his contract at the Nou Camp.
Sportsmail previously reported how the former Middlesbrough attacker was offered what they call a letter of liberty, essentially a clause that would ensure the Dane could decide his fate.
However, it is believed Braithwaite rejected this offer and demanded that he be paid his full salary for the remainder of his contract should he have to leave the club this summer.
As a result, Barcelona have been waiting for a club to move to Braithwaite before the end of the transfer window before canceling their contract.
Espanyol has expressed interest in signing the 31-year-old, but they must first loan top earner De Tomas (above)
Espanyol has expressed interest in signing the 31-year-old, but they must first loan top earner De Tomas.
The Tomas and Espanyol manager Diego Martinez have not seen each other, despite being the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga last season with 17 goals.
As a result, De Tomas has missed several games for Espanyol this season, shortening his pitching time for the upcoming World Cup.
Therefore, De Tomas could be interested in securing a transfer on the deadline for a chance at Luis Enrique’s selection in Spain.
The Tomas on loan first is also looking for a place in the Spanish team for the World Cup