This summer, Barcelona bolstered their squad by adding a slew of highly regarded players. Catalans manager Ernesto Valverde was able to bolster his squad this summer by signing players like Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, and Raphinha. Also, they were able to convince French forward Ousmane Dembele to sign a contract extension despite tremendous odds being stacked against them.
The fact that Barcelona has signed so many talented players is great, but it may end up hurting them. It turns out that Barcelona had a major issue registering all of their summer signings. They were unable to register free agents Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie at the end of the previous season, therefore their debut had to be delayed. But they are now registered.
They were able to make progress by acquiring players like Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele, Franck Kessie, and Andreas Christensen, but at the expense of Jules Kounde. The squad did not register the Frenchman, therefore he did not play in Barcelona’s La Liga season opener. As of writing, he has been registered. He even played against Real Valladolid and Barca won 4-0
Barcelona could have easily registered these guys if they had been able to move any of their notable players out of the way this summer. There has been talking of the Catalan club selling Frenkie De Jong, Memphis Depay, and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
Without the departure of two or all of these Players, Barcelona would not have spent anything to sign Jules Kounde. However, Dutchman Frenkie De Jong has no intention of resigning or accepting a pay cut.
The Catalan are willing to let Memphis Depay go for Juventus, but they are purposely stalling the transfer. Allegedly, Chelsea is threatening to back out of the Aubameyang deal because of the ludicrously exorbitant transfer fee that the Catalans are demanding. If Barcelona is unable to win any trophy at the end of the season they might regret signing all the players they signed this season. Even though the season has just begun it looks like Real Madrid will win the title again and Barcelona might not win the Champions League even though it has not started.