Man Utd and Chelsea both ‘open talks’ to sign one of football’s richest players in late January swoop

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According to rumours in Spain, Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly thinking about making a late January transfer for a striker who may only cost around £510,000.

After stints at Middlesbrough and Barcelona, Martin Braithwaite is presently a member of Espanyol, a Spanish second division team. With 12 goals in 22 games this season, he leads LaLiga 2.

The 32-year-old, whose net worth is reportedly £216 million as a result of his business endeavours, has a £6 million release clause, but he may go for a great deal, according to Marca.

According to the terms of his contract, Braithwaite may leave Espanyol for free should their promotion attempt fail.

That being stated, if Luis Miguel Ramis’ team were to return to the first division of Spain at the first request, a club would be obligated to pay £510,000.

According to Marca, who claims both teams are “exploring the possibility” of a trade, Manchester United and Chelsea are eager to sign the youngster and bring him to their respective clubs in the last days of the January transfer window.

“The operation is underway and sources close to it speak that progress is being made so that the Premier League teams do not have to pay the seven million euros that the Danish forward’s clause dictates,” according to the newspaper.

Additionally, they imply that talks “are open” with both teams.

Having played 69 times for his nation since 2013, Braithwaite also hopes to contribute significantly to Denmark’s performance in the European Championship this summer.

Making a trade would most likely improve his chances of making the team.

As was already established, Braithwaite has had a lot of success outside of sports.

According to reports, Braithwaite teamed with his uncle Philip Michael in a real estate venture in 2017, investing $850,000. Their combined real estate holdings are reputedly valued at €250 million, and they have a significant presence in the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Jersey City, and San Antonio.

According to Forbes, the former Barcelona striker only lagged behind then-captain Lionel Messi in terms of total earnings in 2020 despite making enormous profits from a variety of assets.

In addition, Braithwaite and his spouse Anne-Laure Louis, a French journalist, entrepreneur, and TV personality, own a restaurant called “Gave” in Barcelona and a clothing line called “Trente.”

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