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13th Aug 2022

Barcelona allowed to register four new signings, but Jules Kounde misses out

Simon Lloyd

Kounde will miss out on Saturday

Barcelona have managed to register four of their new signings ahead of their opening LaLiga game of the season on Saturday, but Jules Kounde looks set to miss out.

The Spanish league’s financial restrictions meant Barca have been unable to register multiple new arrivals, but the club have now freed up funding with several ‘economic levers’ being activated by the club.

The fourth of those levers was triggered on Friday, the day before Barca host Rayo Vallecano in their first league game of the season. As a result, summer signings Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen are all now eligible to play in the game.

Former Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, meanwhile, who Barca signed despite interest from Chelsea, is still waiting to be registered.

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Frenkie De Jong sale could allow Jules Kounde to play

Barca confirmed on Friday that they have sold 24.5 per cent of Barca Studios to Orpheus Media for a total of €100m in the hope that their new signings – along with Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto, who have both been given new contracts – would be able to play.

Barca still need to free up ‘salary mass’ before France international Kounde makes his league bow for Barca.

A potential sale of Frenkie de Jong could see Barca free up enough space on their wage bill to register Kounde for their next league game. De Jong has been linked with a move to Manchester United all summer, with Chelsea also thought to be in the race to sign the Dutch midfielder.

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