Barcelona finally manage to register most new signings ahead of La Liga kick-off – RT Sport News

Almost all of FC Barcelona’s new summer signings were registered before the Catalans kicked off their La Liga campaign against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Despite having debts of around $1.4 billion, the Blaugrana have been able to attract some big names in the current summer transfer market window.

These include Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie and Jules Kounde.

While Kessie and Christensen arrived for free from AC Milan and Chelsea respectively, the rest of the trio were signed for more than 150 million euros ($154 million) thanks to the pull of three ‘economic levers’ .

These involve Barca selling 25% of their TV rights for the next 25 years to US investment firm Sixth Street, plus 24.5% of Barca Studios to for a combined total of around 667 million euros ($684.5 million).

Yet the change that remained was still not enough to convince La Liga that Barca were capable of navigating strict financial regulations after failing to do so, with Lionel Messi heading to Paris Saint Germain as a free agent l ‘last summer.

Yet after another lever was activated on Friday, which involved selling an additional 24.5% of Barca Studios for an additional 100 million euros ($102.6 million) to Orpheus Media, Barca were finally able to registering all but one of its new players – Kounde – and also getting the green light for two other members of the existing squad who recently signed contract renewals in Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto.

Although he played a cameo role in last weekend’s 6-0 win over Pumas UNAM in the Joan Gamper Trophy, Kounde has been claimed to be out of form.

In order to ensure they can face Real Sociedad next Sunday, Barca will have to free up wage space, with Gerard Pique currently negotiating a pay cut for the second season in a row and reportedly even offered to play for free.

Over the next few weeks, space could also be made by the potential exits of Dutch-born duo Sergino Dest and Frenkie de Jong, who are both linked to Manchester United.

Desperate situation but new signings: how Barcelona are

On Friday, it was reported that Barca were asking United for 20 million euros ($20.5 million) for Dest, an asking price the Premier League giants want to lower by including one of their own players in a parts exchange agreement.

As for De Jong, it was previously reported that he refused to join United due to his lack of Champions League football and his desire to succeed under Barca manager Xavi Hernandez after the clubs agreed an 85 million euros ($87 million) for his transfer.

On Saturday, however, Sport in Catalunya claimed De Jong had now told his team-mates he could be open to a move to Old Trafford after sensing Barca were trying to pressure him into leaving with the threat. a lawsuit and a media smear campaign.

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