Martin Braithwaite would only consider leaving Barcelona if he’s offered a substantial pay rise at the likes of West Ham United or Burnley, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
The implication, then, is as clear as day.
The Denmark international is desperate to stay and fight for his place at Camp Nou, knowing full well he’ll probably never play for a club of such size or stature again.
But there’s only one thing that would convince Braithwaite to give up on his Barca dreams. It’s not the prospect of regular first-team football, however, but the chance to earn a substantial increase on his current £85,000-a-week wages.
In truth, Braithwaite has never once pushed for a move away from the La Liga giants, despite starting just 15 games in the Spanish top flight since that highly controversial £18 million move from Leganes in winter 2020.
“To be honest, I haven’t talked to anyone about changing clubs,” the one-time Middlesbrough benchwarmer said last year.
“I haven’t even thought about it – I only think about how to play well for Barcelona next season. I’m hungry to play and win many titles.
“I see myself (at Barcelona) for a long time. In those conversations (with his agent) there has been no talk (about a transfer) and nothing from other clubs.”
Would Braithwaite leave Barcelona for West Ham or Burnley?
Having signed Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay, both on free transfers, you’d imagine a cash-strapped Barca side set to sell Junior Firpo to Leeds United for a knockdown fee would welcome offers for Braithwaite too, even if there can be no doubting the Dane’s commitment to the Camp Nou cause.
Sport claims Norwich City, Brighton and Burnley are interested in the £15 million-rated striker, as are a West Ham side that came close to landing Braithwaite last summer before talks broke down.
Anyone wanting to secure Braithwaite’s signature will have to put their money where their mouth is, though.
And while West Ham aren’t exactly strapped for cash, can Norwich, Burnley or Brighton really afford to stump up more than £85,000 a week for a 30-year-old?