Jules Kounde registration has been finalized by Barcelona
Jules Kounde, who was signed by Barcelona over the summer, was eventually allowed to become a member of the club’s roster for the 2022–2023 campaign.
The summer addition will be ready for Xavi’s squad in advance of their match against Real Valladolid on Sunday, according to a report that was published in The Athletic.
The defender was the final player brought to the club this summer who was not added to their La Liga squad. Barcelona beat Chelsea to the signing of the player, and he was the last player brought to the club who had not been added to their La Liga squad.
However, as a result of Samuel Umtiti’s departure to Lecce on loan, it appears that the Spanish giants have discovered sufficient finances to register the French player to their team.
In a very amusing turn of events, Kounde wore Umititi’s old No. 23 shirt in two recent friendlies, one against Pumas and the other during the midweek encounter against Manchester City, despite the fact that he is not yet registered with the club.
After coming close to making the move to the Premier League to join Chelsea, the 23-year-old player ultimately decided to join the Spanish team in July for a transfer fee of £56 million. It is thought that Barcelona has removed various add-ons from the contracts of its already active players in order to clear the way for Kounde’s registration to go through.
Due to the unclear financial situation at the club as well as difficulties around the salary ceiling in La Liga, Barcelona has had a difficult time registering players during the course of the summer.
However, the club has been very active in the transfer market, and they have found a method to register new acquisitions Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Andreas Christensen, and Franck Kessie prior to their first game of the season.
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They were also successful in securing roster spots for Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto, both of whom were required to be re-registered following the expiration of their respective contracts and prior to being able to sign new deals with the club.
In addition, Pablo Torre has been listed as a player with Barcelona B rather than the first-team squad at Barcelona.