FC Barcelona are set to undergo a major overhaul of the goalscoring department this summer, with the club keen to bring in a star striker such as Robert Lewandowski.
The pursuit of a new striker could come at the expense of existing stars leaving the club. Two of the potential candidates who could leave Camp Nou at the end of the season are Luuk de Jong and Martin Braithwaite.
A report from Diario SPORT suggests that Barcelona are close to loaning out Braithwaite, preferably in La Liga itself.
The Catalans hope the Dane performs well in the league and increases his value before he can be offloaded at a significant fee in the summer of 2023.
During his time at Barcelona, Braithwaite has shown very little to justify his presence in the team, especially in the last 12 months. The striker struggled with injuries and fell behind Memphis Depay and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the pecking order.
Since returning from his knee injury in mid-January, the former Leganes striker has played just 10 minutes of league football.
While Xavi is happy with his professionalism, the player is set to leave the club this summer, particularly amid his World Cup aspirations.
The report speculates that Braithwaite still has a strong La Liga profile due to his impressive numbers at Leganes. He is already courted by a few Spanish clubs, in the form of Celta Vigo and Valencia.
Both clubs can offer the Dane an ideal platform to relaunch his career after a mixed spell at Camp Nou. Regular playing time could be essential for the player as he looks to book a place in Denmark’s squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
Braithwaite might not be the only striker to leave Camp Nou this summer, with the Catalans also likely to allow Luuk de Jong to return to Sevilla despite his heroism this season.