Barcelona chief provides Jules Kounde registration update

Departures will be required before the Frenchman is eligible to feature in the Spanish top-flight

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has, on Saturday, provided an insight into the club’s ongoing efforts to register summer signing Jules Kounde for competitive action.

Xavi Hernandez’s troops, of course, are currently locked in action in the Blaugrana’s season opener, a La Liga meeting with Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou.

Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen are all part of Barca’s matchday squad, after being registered for La Liga action late on Friday night.

The aforementioned Kounde, however, has been forced to watch on from the stands.

This comes after the recent arrival from Sevilla was not registered in time for the clash, owing to his new club’s ongoing financial troubles.

Speaking to the media ahead of Barcelona’s season opener, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of Kounde’s situation was put to the aforementioned Joan Laporta.

The Blaugrana’s president, though, admitted that the Frenchman will only become available for domestic action in Spain once a current member of Xavi’s ranks is moved on.

Whilst speculation continues to swirl when it comes to the futures of a whole host of Barca’s stars, the current front-runner to actually seal a departure over the coming weeks comes in the form of Memphis Depay.

This comes with the Dutch international understood to have already agreed to the terms of a two-year deal with Italian giants Juventus, ahead of the imminent termination of his contract in Catalunya.

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Conor Laird

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