Martin Braithwaite has performed a dramatic U-turn on his Barcelona future, with Sport claiming that the £14 million West Ham United target now believes he has to leave the La Liga giants.
If the Denmark international found game-time hard to come by last season – he started just 13 league matches in total – things certainly won’t get any easier under Ronald Koeman at the Camp Nou.
The arrival of Sergio Aguero from Manchester City means Braithwaite now has one of the greatest centre-forwards of the 21st century for competition.
And that is without mentioning Memphis Depay, the Dutch dynamo often at his most devastating when deployed as a mobile number nine.
So while Braithwaite has rarely missed an opportunity to point out that he is desperate to stay and fight for his place at the Camp Nou – he insisted last year that he ‘hadn’t even thought about leaving – it seems things have changed.
Will Martin Braithwaite leave Barcelona for the Premier League?
According to Sport, Braithwaite has now come to the conclusion that cutting ties with one of Europe’s biggest clubs would be for the best.
Premier League trio West Ham, Norwich and Brighton have all made enquiries too.
Strangely enough, a move to Brighton or Norwich could actually see Braithwaite earn a substantial wage increase, with the seldom-seen striker hardly one of the best-paid players in a star-studded Barca dressing room.
The one-time Middlesbrough benchwarmer was one of the standout players in a Denmark side who stormed to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, his searing pace on the counter-attack catching the eye even if his rather wasteful finishing undid much of that good work.
In over 450 games for club and country, Braithwaite has only scored 103 goals.