Barcelona ‘must raise £17m to register Jules Kounde’
Barcelona are required to raise €20m (£17m) in order to register summer signing Jules Kounde in time for their next game, according to a report.
The 23-year-old joined the Catalan giants from Sevilla on July 29 for a fee of around €50m (£42.25m), penning a five-year contract at Camp Nou.
However, due to Barca’s well-documented financial problems, the club are currently unable to register Kounde, who has missed their opening two La Liga fixtures of the new season.
Summer signings Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski have all been registered, while Kounde is still waiting to make his competitive debut.
According to AS, Barcelona will need to raise £17m to register Kounde before the transfer window shuts on September 1.
“It doesn’t bother me that players don’t want to leave, everyone looks to their future; it bothers me not being able to have Kounde,” Xavi added.
“Kounde is a great leader and a great player. Hopefully he shows it soon. He has trained very well, I see him in good spirits, but we need to sell players to be able to register him.”
Barcelona are scheduled to face Manchester City in a charity friendly at Camp Nou on Wednesday, before returning to La Liga action on Sunday, with Real Valladolid visiting Catalonia.
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