Jules Kounde may not feature against Real Sociedad

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

With the match against Real Sociedad imminent, Barcelona are yet to register former Sevilla defender Jules Kounde for La Liga matches.

The Real Sociedad match is on Sunday at Estadio Anoeta but the Catalans though were able to register Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha before Rayo Vallencano’s match, are finding it difficult to do the same for the defender over La Liga rules.

Jules Kounde

According to a report from Spain, Barcelona due to financial constraints, can only register Kounde if they sell any of their players to provide the financial leverage that would see the 23-year-old Frenchman feature in La Liga.

However, Blaugrana are optimistic that the time left would not be exceeded before Kounde will be handed the pass to square up at Anoeta.

Barcelona have tried to convince Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets to review their contract but that has not yielded fruitful results as they resorted to seeing any imminent departures from Camp Nou that will ameliorate the challenge.

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Chelsea are interested in Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang which could provide an avenue for Kounde’s registration but the Gabonese is yet to heed to the English topflight’s interest as he has barely completed his eighth month in Catalunya since he left Arsenal in January.

Aside from Aubameyang, Juventus are an inch close to wrapping up the deal for Memphis Delay who joined the club on a free transfer from Olympique de Lyon last season.

Following the negotiations with Juventus over Depay, Barcelona were reported to have charged a fee for the Dutch player but the relationship that exists between both clubs have seen the Blaugrana benefited from the deal indirectly.

How this came about was from a deal executed two years ago between the Old Lady and Catalans when Bosnia Miralem Pjanic moved to Camp Nou at the cost of €60 million plus variables. Barcelona in request for a fee for Depay, have decided to ask for a forfeiture of the variables left hanging from Pjanic’s deal.

Depay’s deal to Turin is already in an advanced stage which would be announced the moment both clubs ratify the process. Although, a report from Spanish media asserts that Depay’s departure will not be enough to grant Barcelona the leverage to register Kounde for La Liga.

Meanwhile, a report from Adria Soldevila on Que T’hi Jugues said that Kounde will be ‘allowed to walk away for free if he is not registered by 31st August. Further, Barça will have to pay €2.5 million of the variables included in the player’s contract’.

Despite the shortfalls, there is no time limit to register a player for La Liga as Kounde at the last minute can be given the nod to play should Barcelona find a solution in the nick of time.

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