Wolves got the chance to sign Martin Braithwaite of Barcelona and Denmark as the Catalans continue the sale as the Premier League squad looks to face Raul Jimenez competition after the Mexican forward returned from a skull injury
- Barcelona offered Wolves the chance to sign striker Martin Braithwaite
- The 30-year-old scored seven goals for Ronald Koeman’s Catalans last season
- But the Spanish side signed Sergio Agüero and Memphis Depay this year jaar
- Wolf boss Bruno Lage is looking for striker competition for Raul Jimenez
- The Mexican attacker returned to the first team for the first time in eight months
Wolves have been offered the attacker Martin Braithwaite of Barcelona and Denmark.
The 30-year-old scored seven goals in 42 appearances for the Catalans last season, but did score three goals in six Champions League matches.
But Barcelona bolstered their attack over the summer with the free signings of Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay from Manchester City and Lyon respectively, significantly reducing Braithwaite’s first-team chances.
Wolves have been given the chance to sign Barcelona’s Danish striker Martin Braithwaite
The 30-year-old (left) scored seven goals for the Catalans last season but is expected to leave
Wolves have been looking for a striker to help Raul Jimenez, who also returned to first-team action for the Midlands club this week, face competition after being sidelined for nearly eight months with a skull fracture.
The Mexican forward has not been competitive since sustaining the serious injury against Arsenal on November 29, but did start the club’s pre-season friendly in Crewe on Saturday.
Teenage striker Fabio Silva scored just four goals for Wolves last season as a backup option to Jimenez, with new head coach Bruno Lage having to find alternative firepower for the returning 30-year-old striker in his first season at Molineux.
New Wolves boss Bruno Lage (left) welcomed Raul Jimenez (right) back for first-team action
Meanwhile, Spanish giants Barcelona will have to make significant player sales this summer to cut wage bills so they can register new signings such as Aguero, Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum, who came out of Liverpool this summer.
The club has exceeded LaLiga’s strict salary cap and cannot register new purchases until that total has been brought back below an acceptable level.
Barcelona will also have to re-register club captain and talisman Lionel Messi, who currently has no club but is expected to sign a new five-year contract at the Camp Nou later this summer, including a 50 percent pay cut. the process.
Braithwaite is unlikely to play with Sergio Aguero (left) and Memphis Depay (right) at the club
One of the players who will mark a major departure from Barcelona this summer is striker Antoine Griezmann, who is in talks about a return to former club Atletico Madrid as part of a swap deal with midfielder Saul Niguez.
But a departure for Braithwaite, who has scored eight goals in 53 appearances for the Catalans since a controversial mid-season transfer from Leganes in 2020, would help cut wages even further.
The Spanish side announced £1bn in debt in February, while left-back Junior Firpo has already been sold to Leeds for £13m to cover costs.
Braithwaite has just finished representing Denmark at Euro 2020, scoring once for his country in the summer tournament – in the 4-0 last-16 win over Wales – as the Danes reached the semi-final where they were knocked out by England.
Braithwaite’s goalscoring record for Barcelona stands at eight goals in just over 50 games
According to the Spanish news channel BrandWest Ham have also expressed interest in Braithwaite, as David Moyes’ squad is up front looking for an alternative option for Mikhail Antonio.
Attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard has returned to parent club Manchester United, while the Hammers have still not found a replacement for Sebastian Haller, who jumped to Ajax last January.
The Hammers will take part in the Europa League group stage for the first time in the club’s history this season.