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Barcelona terminate Braithwaite's contract as much-maligned striker join Espanyol

4:14 PM EDT 9/1/22
Martin Braithwaite Denmark 2022-23
Barcelona have confirmed that Martin Braithwaite's contract has been terminated by mutual agreement.
  • Braithwaite released by Liga side
  • Striker made 58 appearances for Barca
  • He joins Espanyol on three-year deal

WHAT HAPPENED? Braithwaite's spell at Camp Nou has come to an end nearly two years ahead of schedule. He has now signed for Espanyol on a free transfer.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Braithwaite arrived at Barca in strange circumstances, receiving special dispensation to sign from Leganes in February 2020 due to the club's injury crisis. He scored some important goals subsequently, but was jeered by supporters recently after reportedly refusing to take a paycut.

WHAT THEY SAID: "FC Barcelona and the player Martin Braithwaite have reached an agreement for the release of the contract that the player had with the Club until the end of the 2023/24 season," a club statement read. "FC Barcelona publicly expresses its gratitude to Braithwaite for his commitment and dedication and wishes him the best of luck and success in the future."

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It wasn't all bad for Braithwaite at Barcelona.

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THE VERDICT:

WHAT NEXT FOR BRAITHWAITE? The Dane could make his Espanyol debut on Sunday when his new side travels to Bilbao to face Athletic Club.