Jules Kounde hasn’t been signed up to play for Barcelona ahead of their La Liga opener against Rayo Vallecano.
Barcelona had hoped to register all of their new summer signings this week after raising £85million from the sale of 24.5% of Barca studios to Orpehus Media – but Kounde will have to wait to make his debut after the list was announced players registered Friday evening. .
Robert Lewandowski (£42.5m), Raphinha (£55m), Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie, who all joined during this transfer window, have been included in the squad ahead of their home opener against Rayo Vallecano Saturday.
Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto have also been registered after agreeing new contracts, while Barcelona are yet to complete the transfer of Marcos Alonso from Chelsea and Bernardo Silva from Manchester City remains a top target.
Barcelona’s 23-man squad vs Rayo Vallecano
Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Defenders: Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araújo, Andreas Christensen, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Eric Garcia, Samuel Umtiti
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Ferran Torres, Miralem Pjanic, Franck Kessie, Frenkie de Jong, Nico Gonzalez.
Forwards: Ousmane Dembele, Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raphinha, Martin Braithwaite.
Barca had to meet the La Liga salary cap to register their new signings, but several ‘economic levers’, including new investment deals, freed up funds after the last lever was triggered.
Barcelona are set to release a so-called wage bill to register 23-year-old French defender Kounde.
Barcelona used several mechanisms to increase revenue to offset losses, reduce debt and comply with La Liga financial fair play rules.
Orpehus Media, an audiovisual production company with a long history of content production, is headed by Jaume Roures.
Barcelona’s summer signings:
- Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich, £42.5m
- Raphinha-Leeds, £55m
- Andreas Christensen – Chelsea, free
- Franck Kessie – AC Milan, free
- Jules Kounde – Sevilla, undisclosed
A statement from the club read: “The agreement complements the one signed on July 29 with Socios.com and will help accelerate the growth of the club’s digital, NFT and Web.3 strategy.
“The sale was carried out under the authorization of the General Assembly of FC Barcelona members on October 23.
“With this investment, the strategic partners of Barça Studios show their confidence in the value of the project and in the future of digital content in the world of sport.”
Chelsea ready to sign Barca duo De Jong and Aubameyang
Chelsea are ready to sign Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Barcelona allow both players to leave this month.
Manchester United agreed to a £72million fee to sign De Jong last month, but he owes £17million in deferred wages and won’t agree to leave until he’s paid. Barcelona want him to stay, but only if he takes a significant pay cut and agrees to a £6million settlement for his deferred wages.
Chelsea are ready to match United’s £72million offer and unlike United they can offer De Jong Champions League football.
Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. He has three years left on his contract. Although manager Thomas Tuchel has been hesitant to speak about Aubameyang in public, he is keen to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.
Tuchel confirms Alonso exit
Tuchel has confirmed that Marcos Alonso is close to leaving Chelsea and has asked not to be in the squad to face Everton last weekend.
“It is,” he said in his press conference after the 1-0 win at Goodison Park on August 6.
“He tried to leave, and we accepted his wish. It wouldn’t have made sense to put him on the pitch today, in this situation it was the right thing to do.”
Bernardo: I’m happy at City but uncertain about the future
Bernardo Silva has revealed he is happy at Manchester City but has no idea what the future holds for him amid interest from Barcelona.
The Portuguese midfielder saw Garbiel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko leave the Etihad Stadium this summer but admits he will always be respectful to his club.
“I’ve always said I’m happy here, but I have no idea what’s going to happen,” he said. ESPN. “We’ll see, honestly. My relationship with the club is very honest.
“I’ve been open with them and they know what I want. If I stay I’m very happy and I’ll always respect this club and do my best. Otherwise it’s football and we’ll see what happens. .
“They always tell all of us that if you’re not happy you can leave. Of course they’re in business and they want the right amount of money to let us go, but personally it’s a relationship with the club which is very respectful They have always been honest with me and I have always been honest with them.
“As I said, I will always respect my relationship with Man City, with the fans, with the staff, with my teammates, so whatever happens, and of course it will be done in a very respectful way.”
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