Martin Braithwaite: Barcelona sign star for €18m as emergency transfer from Leganes

Martin Braithwaite: Barcelona sign star for €18m as emergency transfer from Leganes

- Martin Braithwaite has signed a four-and-half year deal with Barcelona for €18 million from Leganes

- The 28-year-old Danish star will hopefully provide Barcelona with reliable attacking options upfront

- Braithwaite has now been put on a release clause of €300 million till 2024 when his contract expires

Barcelona have announced the signing of 28-year-old forward Martin Braithwaite from Leganes in an emergency deal for €18 million.

The club made the announcement via their official social media page on Wednesday, February 20, bringing a sigh of relief to worried fans about the Spanish champions' lack of attacking options.

Braithwaite signed a four-year and half deal with the Catalans till June 30, 2024, with a release clause of €300 million.

The Dutch star, is believed, will provide Barcelona with a reliable option upfront after both Luis Suarez and Ousman Dembele have been ruled out of the season due to injury.

Braithwaite began his career with Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber, scoring 35 goals in Ligue 1 before moving to English side Middlesbrough where he scored eight goals in 36 appearances for the Championship side.

He later sealed a loan move to Bordeaux in 2018 and Leganes in 2019 where he was signed in a permanent deal.

The Dutch star caught the attention of Barcelona after an impressive start to life in La Liga, scoring six goals in 24 appearances for Leganes.

Barcelona are second on the La Liga table with 52 points in 24 games behind Real Madrid who sit atop of the log with a point above the Catalans.

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Meanwhile, had reported that Chelsea have agreed to terms with Dutch champions Ajax over the signing of Morrocan midfielder Hakim Ziyech for a fee reported to be £45 million.

A statement by Ajax on their official Twitter page suggested that Ziyech will be moving to Stamford Bridge in the next summer, ending reports linking him to other top clubs in Europe.

The Moroccan emerged a transfer target for Blues following his stellar Champions League performance against Chelsea which ended in dramatic 4-4 draw.

With Ziyech deal confirmed, Chelsea have now found a worthy successor for Eden Hazard who departed the club in last summer for Real Madrid after seven seasons.

Frank Lampard's side failed to sign a major player during the January transfer market despite surviving the two-window transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA, but Ziyech arrival will be a massive boost for Chelsea.

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