Leganés confirm Barcelona's interest for striker Martin Braithwaite
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Leganés confirm Barcelona's interest for striker Martin Braithwaite

Laliga side Leganés has revealed that their league counterparts FC Barcelona have enquired about the availability of striker Martin Braithwaite.

Barcelona had been allowed by Laliga to sign a player outside the stipulate transfer window following the injury to Ousmane Dembele but Leganese feels that the departure of Braithwaite will leave them short as they seek to avoid the drop.

Leganes are currently occupying the 19th place two points from safety and are not ready to let go of one of their most important players after the departure of striker Youssef En-Nesyri to Sevilla in the January window.

Confirming the development, Leganese owner Felipe Moreno said: “Yesterday (Monday) afternoon they called and contemplated this situation. They only made contact once.

“The truth is that we are very worried. After what happened to us with En-Nesyri, now what happens with Braithwaite … staying in LaLiga gets more complicated every day. In these next hours, we will know what happens, yes or no.

“I don’t know if anyone will come from Barcelona today. The player has a day off and we have not talked to him. I understand why Braithwaite would go to Barca, I would too. But of course, we are not going to negotiate anything. They pay his clause, or he stays at Leganes.

“I can understand that Barca do this if the law allows them to, but I thought that they couldn’t sign an active player, only one free agent. I was surprised.”

Braithwaite has bagged eight goals in 27 games in all competition this season.