Discarded Barcelona player demands pay rise to sign for La Liga club
Martin Braithwaite’s potential move to Mallorca now appears to be in huge jeopardy as it has emerged that the Denmark international has demanded more wages than he was earning at Barcelona.
As Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo report (via futbldesdemallorca), the striker’s personal wish is to continue at Barcelona as he believes he could contribute in a big way if Memphis Depay and Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang leave in the next few months. days.
Barcelona, however, are waiting to receive an offer so they can sanction the sale and create room in an already struggling financial structure. For them, the situation is clear; Braithwaite has to go.
The club that have been most interested in him are Mallorca but the other La Liga side might as well pull out of the deal due to the striker’s excessive wage demand.
By now, everyone involved in the process understands that Braithwaite must play to secure a place in Denmark’s squad for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. But for that, he needs to lower his demands as Mallorca simply can’t sustain the full wage bill.
Therefore, if the 31-year-old continues to insist on a higher number, Barcelona might have to pay a better half of his salary; something they would understandably want to avoid as he is no longer part of Xavi’s plan.
This was highlighted in the pre-season friendlies when the manager decided to drop him from the traveling squad altogether. But with a contract running until 2024, the ball is partly in Dane’s court.
And that could be one of the reasons why he’s stuck doing the above.
For now, it is expected that Braithwaite could arrange a meeting with Mallorca manager Javier Aguirre, who he played with at Leganes between November 2019 and February 2020. But it all depends on what he demands. he highlights at the end.