Brentford tipped to snap up Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite as Xavi’s side put ‘serious pressure’ on Dane

Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite

Barcelona are putting ‘serious pressure’ on Martin Braithwaite to leave the Nou Camp this summer and this could result in a transfer to Brentford, according to a report.

Braithwaite earned a surprise move to Barcelona in February 2020 when the Catalan side paid Leganes £16.2million for him. That came amid a striker shortage for Barcelona.

However, the attacker never had the ability to become a success for them and is now pretty much out of Xavi’s plans.

Last season, he featured in just four games, notching two goals and one assist. This was due to a knee injury and competition for places from the likes of Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, among others.

Braithwaite’s contract with Barca runs until June 2024. But according to Sport Witness, who cite Spanish newspaper Sport, the Blaugrana are looking to offload him this window.

They are putting ‘serious pressure’ on Braithwaite and his agent to secure an exit before next season begins.

There are a few reasons Barca have come to this decision. One is the fact his contract runs for another two years, which means he has a little bit of sell-on value.

Another is that the Denmark international is picking up more offers than some of his team-mates, and Barca hope to capitalise.

Brentford among suitors for Martin Braithwaite

The report states Brentford are one of the teams who would like to sign Braithwaite. They are ‘trying to convince’ him to join them this summer.

The Bees have plenty of Danish players in their squad, plus manager Thomas Frank. Club officials hope these links will aid transfer negotiations.

Brentford also reckon Braithwaite would suit their playing style. He would likely arrive as a backup striker to Ivan Toney, who hit 12 goals in his debut Premier League season.

Unfortunately for Brentford, the player has apparently told Barca officials he wishes to stay and see out his contract there.

This will anger Barca chiefs as much as it will sadden their Brentford counterparts.

Braithwaite joining Brentford would be a clever move, as he would fit straight in at the Community Stadium.

His national team-mates Christian Norgaard and Christian Eriksen are already there, although the latter could leave.

However, Braithwaite’s stance means Brentford will need to put decent money on the table to agree personal terms with the player.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail have given the latest information on Eriksen’s future amid links with Tottenham and Manchester United.