Martin Braithwaite will allegedly never play another Championship game for Boro, but will he stay in La Liga with loan club Leganes?
Middlesbrough want to sell Martin Braithwaite this summer for £7 million but it remains to be seen whether Leganes can afford to make his loan deal permanent, according to the Gazette.
The Denmark international made it clear that he did not want to stay at the Riverside last summer, handing in a transfer request on the final day of the transfer window, but he was forced to wait until January to get his move when he belatedly joined Leganes on a short-term deal.
And Braithwaite has proven to be a big hit in Spain, helping Leganes avoid relegation with four goals and five assists.
He even scored the winner in a Copa del Rey win against Real Madrid in January.
According to the Gazette, the former Toulouse talisman has now made it clear that he has no intention of returning to Middlesbrough with just one game remaining in his loan deal. It is no surprise to learn, then, that Tony Pulis’s side are looking for buyers.
Staying at the Butarque, however, may be off the cards. Leganes would have to shatter their transfer record to meet his £7 million price-tag and it seems unlikely that they would be able to do so.
Braithwaite, who cost Boro £9 million according to the Mail, appears to be stuck in a mess of his own making.