Just as Barcelona looked set to get rid of Martin Braithwaite, amid interest from a Saudi Arabian club, the Danish forward has issued fresh demands to leave Camp Nou.
The 31-year-old has been told he has no future at Barcelona and was excluded from the pre-season tour of the US so that he can find himself a new club. However, the striker has been reluctant to leave the club despite interest from several clubs in Spain and England.
There has been a shift in stance recently, though, as Barça proposed a potential contract termination so that he can leave the club as a free agent. Celta Vigo and Getafe had emerged as potential destinations, but it looks like Braithwaite will be moving away from Spain.
Reports earlier today claimed that the former Middlesbrough forward is set to join a club in Saudi Arabia, the name of which has not been revealed as of yet.
However, SPORT is now reporting that while Braithwaite is inclined to leave Barcelona, he wants the club to pay off his contract for him to depart.
The 31-year-old still has two years left on his deal with the Blaugrana and is now demanding that they pay his full salary for the remaining duration of his contract before terminating it and releasing him.
While Barça are hoping to agree to a lowered fee, Braithwaite is reportedly immovable from his stance, posing a fresh headache to the club.
At first, the Blaugrana had offered him a simple letter of freedom, but he refused. The Catalans then proposed the termination of his contract with wages worth one year, but he is unwilling to consider that option either.
Barcelona are thus weighing up the prospect of unilateral contract termination, although it is a distant possibility.
Should Braithwaite get his way, he will stand to pocket two years’ worth of salary from the Blaugrana and get paid from his new club, who have presented a lucrative deal.
Barcelona had hoped that the forward would make a gesture as the club had spent €18 million to sign him in 2020. But that does not seem to be on the cards anymore