Barcelona Reportedly Targeting Leganés Forward Martin Braithwaite

Martin Braithwaite of Denmark scores against Ireland in the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Round in November. Photo by Tommy Dickson/INPHO/Shutterstock (10479057aq)

FC Barcelona, who was granted an exception by the Spanish Football Federation allowing them to sign a player outside of the winter transfer window due to injury woes, has reportedly decided who they’ll be signing.

Martin Braithwaite, currently with CD Leganés in Spain’s La Liga, has been chosen to be signed by Barcelona according to various sources.

Ali Dursun, the 28-year-old’s Dutch international’s agent, was in Barcelona to begin negotiations with the Catalonian club on Monday.

After Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for the rest of the season and Luis Suarez was deemed out until April or May, Barcelona presented a petition to the Spanish federation to allow them to add an extra forward outside of the transfer window.

The federation granted them this ability, with the condition being that the player must either be already playing in Spain or be a free agent that is not currently tied to any club. Barcelona, who is working with a limited amount of money to make a deal, has reportedly settled on a relatively unknown player to complete their squad.

Braithwaite has spent the past year playing for the Pepineros, where he has scored 10 goals in 38 games.

Barcelona hopes to have the deal completed by the end of the week, barring any unexpected holdups in negotiations.