Barcelona want ex-Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite

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Barcelona has made former Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite their No 1 striking target after ending their interest in Real Sociedad`s Willian Jose.

La Liga has given Barcelona the go-ahead to sign a striker outside of the transfer window following injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

As part of the ruling, Barcelona is only able to sign a striker that is a free agent or currently playing in La Liga.

Braithwaite has a £15m release clause in his current contract at 19th-placed Leganes, who are keen to keep him as they attempt to avoid relegation from La Liga.

The 28-year-old Denmark international would only be eligible to play in La Liga, with Barcelona having already submitted their squad for the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Braithwaite endured a difficult two-year spell at Middlesbrough, scoring only nine goals in 36 Sky Bet Championship appearances.

Barcelona have also shown an interest in Getafe striker Angel Rodriguez.

The 32-year-old – who spent a spell on loan with Real Madrid`s B team – has a £7.5 million release clause.

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