Barcelona president Joan Laporta says the club STILL want to make signings this summer despite being unable to register Jules Kounde until they offload high-earners like Chelsea and Man United target Frenkie de Jong
- Barcelona haven’t ruled out further additions to their squad this summer
- President Joan Laporta hinted more new players could come to the Nou Camp
- They were able to register four of their five new signings at the end of last week
- But only after selling off a chunk of the club’s in-house TV production company
- Jules Kounde wasn’t registered in time for season-opener with Rayo Vallecano
Barcelona president Joan Laporta refused to rule out further signings this summer despite the LaLiga club struggling to register all their new players.
The club still needs to free up more of its wage bill by selling players in order to register defender Jules Kounde, who joined them from Sevilla last month.
Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen were all registered last week after the club sold a further 24.5 per cent of Barca Studios, their in-house production company.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta, seen with new signing Robert Lewandowski, hasn’t ruled out the possibility of further signings this summer
Defender Jules Kounde, pictured in a pre-season match, still hasn’t been registered for LaLiga
But despite the delicate juggling act to stay within the confines of LaLiga’s financial rules, Laporta hinted that their summer spending might not yet be finished.
‘Exits are still being worked on. There is still time for some incorporations into the team,’ the president told DAZN after Barcelona opened the season with a goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano.
Despite their well-documented debt issues, Barcelona have spent big this summer as they try to reclaim the league title from rivals Real Madrid.
£50m signing Raphinha was one of several expensive arrivals at the Nou Camp this summer
Frenkie de Jong did play in Barcelona’s LaLiga opener but the club want him off their books
They paid £55million to Leeds United for Raphinha and £42.5m to Bayern Munich for Lewandowski. Kounde set them back just under £42m, while Christensen and Kessie were free transfers.
But Kounde cannot be registered until Barcelona sell more players and the club remain interested in Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso.
Frenkie de Jong, who is linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, is one player they wish to offload.