Barca's richest striker currently, Martin Braithwaite, has vowed not to compromise to leave if the club does not meet his 'demand'.
In this summer transfer window, Barca signed 5 players including Raphinha, Lewandowski, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen and Jules Kounde. Besides adding quality rookies, the Catalan team also plans to sell some players that are no longer in the plan to pay back and free up the salary fund.
Names subject to liquidation include Samuel Umtiti, Riqui Puig, Oscar Mingueza and Martin Braithwaite, etc. These four players have all been excluded from Barca’s pre-season tour and were informed by coach Xavi that they will have to leave. Go. Among them, only Riqui Puig and Oscar Mingueza have found a new destination. But most notable is the name Braithwaite – the richest player at Camp Nou at the moment.
Martin Braithwaite is listed as having to leave Barca this summer
In 2017, the Danish striker invested about $850,000 in his uncle’s real estate company. Forbes said this business has so far had a market capitalization of $250 million. In addition, Braithwaite is also engaged in the fashion business with his wife, besides investing in a smart housing project in Philadelphia, USA.
According to Forbes, only Lionel Messi made more money than Braithwaite at Barcelona in 2020. After the Argentine superstar moved to PSG, Braithwaite officially became the richest player at Camp Nou.
Since Messi left in 2021, Braithwaite has become the player with the largest fortune at Barca
With such a huge fortune coming from such off-field sources, Martin Braithwaite is really playing football for passion and not living off his salary at Barca. However, when the Catalan club asked him to leave, Braithwaite refused because he did not want to lose his salary for the last two years of his contract.
Specifically, according to Sport, Braithwaite only accepts to leave if Barca pays every penny in the remaining 2 years of the contract, which is about 12 million euros. Or if he received an offer from a club willing to meet his current salary of 6 million euros per season, Braithwaite would consider a compromise.
Despite making a lot of money through business, Braithwaite still decided not to give up even a penny before Barca
Barcelona can still consider the option of unilaterally terminating the contract with Braithwaite. But this will cost them a large amount of money to compensate for the contract, which they want to avoid in a difficult financial situation.
This is not the first time Braithwaite has made it difficult for Barca. In the summer of 2021, in the context that many pillars at Camp Nou such as Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, Eric Garcia and Depay all accepted a salary reduction to help the club, Braithwaite demanded a salary increase.
Coach Xavi has announced to Braithwaite that he is not part of the team’s plans for next season.
Braithwaite himself insists he still wants to continue playing at the highest level, but coach Xavi has told the 31-year-old that he has no future at Barca. In the last season, he played only 4 matches in all competitions, of which only 1 match was under Xavi.