Barcelona officially allowed to sign a player outside a window, Danish player incoming

18.2.2020.  
Barcelona officially allowed to sign a player outside a window, Danish player incoming

It has been confirmed - Barcelona is able to sign a player as a replacement for the long-term injured Ousmane Dembele. A little-known rule in La Liga enables clubs to make a purchase if one of their players gets injured for longer then five months.


While it was reported that Barca has negotiated a deal for Real Sociedad's Brazilian forward Willian Jose, the club from Anoeta turned down their offer. Blaugrana was ready to pay half of Jose's release clause - €35,000,000 but Sociedad wanted the whole payment.


"I think he's going to stay with us, unless they come up with the 70 million euros" head coach Imanol Alguacil said. Although Sociedad would've probably been satisfied with less.


Yet, Barca turned away from Willian Jose and found a new man to try and fill out the big boots of Dembele and Luis Suarez - Martin Braithwaite. The Danish striker has a much lower release clause with his club Leganes - €20,000,000 and is hence a more realistic emergency signing.


Braithwaite is Leganes top scorer and while Barcelona fans might sigh a bit of relief for getting a man to bolster their ranks, few think of Leganes. The lesser Spanish club is currently 19th, battling relegation, and will face the continuation of the season without its best player and the chance to reinforce.



Playing for Denmark, having seven goals in 39 games, Braithwaite is a player with international experience that has been in La Liga for a year. Arriving from Middlesbrough on loan last winter, Braithwaite joined Leganes permanently in the summer. He also played for Esbjerg fB, Toulouse, and Bordeaux in his career.


This season, the 28-year-old scored mere six goals in La Liga yet Danish media report that he will sign a four and a half year contract with the Spanish giants.


Hopefully, La Liga reconsiders this unjust transfer rule which obviously punishes the smaller clubs and gives the big ones a larger margin of error when preparing for a season.



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