Optimism in Barcelona camp after signing Jules Koude should take a step forward as a journalist Ramon Salmurri indicated that the France international would not be his last bargain of the summer.
Barcelona confirmed the principle of an agreement with Sevilla for the transfer of Koundé on Thursday, and all that remains is to put the pen to a announced five-year contract and the player to pass the medical examination Friday at the Barcelona hospital.
Kounde, who was in Sevilla’s camp in Lagos, Portugal, earlier today, traveled to Barcelona the same day to complete the formalities for the move which will cost Barcelona 50 million euros plus a few million in the variable frame.
The 23-year-old has become Barcelona’s fifth top signing this summer, following the arrivals of Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen.
But with no major exit confirmed, question marks remain over whether or not Barcelona can register the new players for next season. But La Liga president Javier Tebas has recently provided a positive update in this regard.
“Barça are on the right track to record signings. They still have a few details to sort out, but they have time,” Tebas was quoted as saying.
However, if a recent report from MARCA is to be believed, Barcelona need to sanction some high profile exits in order to register these names.
Now, the new signings have indeed played for the team in pre-season friendlies, but if there are any hiccups, the players may miss the 2022-23 season opener against Rayo Vallecano.
Either way, Barcelona now have the financial muscle after selling their TV rights, and if Salmurri is right on his prediction, they might as well acquire Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso from Chelsea in the coming weeks.