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Barcelona striker’s high salary is making his summer exit difficult

Martin Braithwaite’s future at Barça remains up in the air as we head closer and closer towards the summer transfer window.

The Danish forward was brought in as an emergency signing in February 2020 from Leganes and has been a handy squad player at Camp Nou without really establishing himself as a first-choice in the frontline.

However, over the past months, it has become clear that he does not feature in the plans of manager Xavi Hernandez going forward.

Braithwaite had started the 2021/22 season fairly well under Ronald Koeman before being struck down by an injury that ruled him out of action until January. Upon returning, Xavi made it clear to him that finding a new club would be the best way forward for the attacker.

However, the former Middlesbrough star opted to stay put at Camp Nou despite having offers to leave in the winter, reports SPORT.

But, Braithwaite has hardly featured in the second half of the campaign, playing just 22 minutes of football under Xavi. Given his situation, a summer exit is very much on the agenda.

However, as per the report, Braithwaite’s salary is proving to be an issue in finding suitors for him. The Dane is on a contract worth €4 million per year with the Blaugrana, with the deal running until the summer of 2024.

While there are teams interested in him, they are reluctant to meet those wages, leading to roadblocks in the Catalan giants’ efforts to offload him before next season.

The report further adds that Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion are one of Braithwaite’s suitors. Having tried to sign him in January, the Seagulls still retain an interest, but his salary continues to be a deal-breaker.

With Barcelona planning to bring in another forward in the summer, there will be no place for Braithwaite at Camp Nou. And the club must find a way to resolve his situation in the summer, as offloading players will be key to being able to bring in fresh faces for next term.

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