Everton and West Ham are interested in signing Martin Braithwaite from Barcelona in the next transfer window, according to reports in Spain.
Braithwaite, 28, secured a shock £16m move to Barca when the Spanish champions were granted an emergency transfer in February because of Ousmane Dembele’s long-term injury.
Just one year after departing Middlesbrough for Leganes, the forward found himself playing alongside Lionel Messi and co at the Nou Camp.
It is believed Barca were keen to raise his value in the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign before cashing in for a profit this summer.
Yet the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected close to 650,000 people worldwide, has called the European football season to a halt and therefore put those plans on hold.
According to Sport , the Catalans now find themselves in a “dilemma” with regards to Braithwaite – who is said to be aware that his time at the club may come to an abrupt end soon.
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The player could leave Barca if they receive a “good proposal”, but Quique Setien’s side are not prepared to accept anything less than the £16m they forked out on him.
Premier League clubs Everton and West Ham are keen to prise him away from Spain, although the coronavirus outbreak has temporarily “paralysed these options”.
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Serie A’s Torino and Sassuolo are also interested, although the English top flight appears Braithwaite’s most likely destination.
Barca, though, are yet to make a concrete decision and have not ruled out the possibility of Braithwaite remaining at the club next season.
One player who looks to be on his way in at the Nou Camp is Lautaro Martinez.
According to The Sun , Barca have agreed on personal terms with the Argentina striker and are now set to discuss transfer terms with Inter Milan.
Manchester United and Chelsea have also been linked with Martinez, but now face an uphill battle to lure him out of Barca’s clutches.
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