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“Not our first option”: Celta Vigo president responds to links with Barcelona striker

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Barcelona are working round the clock to make things happen with regard to their quest to offload the unwanted stars before the new season gets underway.

One of the players facing an uncertain future at the club is Martin Braithwaite. The Dane is likely to be offloaded ahead of the new season, with Barça reportedly closing in on handing him a letter of freedom.

It is apparent the Catalans are desperate to get rid of his services, even though the striker is not one of the club’s highest earners.

Amid growing pressure to leave the club, Braithwaite has found no shortage of suitors either. He has been courted by a couple of Premier League clubs already, but Celta Vigo and Getafe are said to be the two clubs in pole position to snap him up this summer.

However, during an interaction with the media, Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino claimed that the Danish international is not his club’s first-choice option, as far as the search for a new attacker is concerned.

“Martin Braithwaite is a good player but he is not our first option. We are looking for a striker and at the moment we have not closed any signing,” said Mourino, (h/t Diario SPORT) whose team is going through a major squad overhaul in the summer.

The Galician outfit have recently announced the signing of Barcelona starlet Oscar Mingueza while singing the promising Real Sociedad youth striker Julen Lobete.

On the flip side, they have had to part ways with several players including Brais Mendez and Nestor Araujo while Lobete was loaned out to Waalwijk. With that in mind, the club are certain to go after a striker that can offer productivity up top.

However, whether or not that striker will be Braithwaite remains to be seen.

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