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€15m-rated striker refuses to leave despite Barcelona agreeing to sell him

€15m-rated striker Martin Braithwaite refuses to leave despite Barcelona agreeing to sell him
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Barcelona are reportedly willing to sell their striker Martin Braithwaite, yet he is refusing to leave the club this summer.

According to a report from Gerard Romero of RAC1, Barca are finding it difficult to offload the Danish striker this summer.

While Barcelona had reached an agreement with a foreign club in order to sell him for €15 million this summer, Braithwaite has reportedly changed his mind.

Braithwaite feels that with Lionel Messi's departure, he can fight and earn his place in Ronald Koeman's squad, with his main competitors in the team now being Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero.

Across two preseason games, Braithwaite managed to score twice, with the latest one being a header against Juventus from a set-piece, with this possibly doing plenty of good for his confidence going into the season.

With him being part of a fantastic Danish team in Euro 2020, Braithwaite's price-tag has skyrocketed, and due to their financial struggles over the past few months, Barcelona have seen him as one of the players that they could sell this summer.

Despite already letting go of Messi, Barcelona still need to reduce their current wage bill by another 25 percent in order to register their new signings, and since Braithwaite is now convinced that he can fight for his place in the squad next season, the Blaugrana's management are under immense pressure make up the wage deficit.

Braithwaite might have a decent chance at breaking into the team, with Aguero being set to miss the opening few months of the season due to a recent injury.

While Koeman might be forced to start the 30-year-old in the opening stages of the season, the club is still determined to try and sell him this summer.

The Danish forward was mainly a bit-part player last season, and while he played in 42 games in all competitions, just 15 of them were starts, with him managing to score seven goals and provide four assists.


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