La Liga confirms registration of four new Barcelona players – but Kounde misses out

La Liga has confirmed that Barcelona have been able to register Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie after activating their fourth ‘financial lever’, but the Spanish side have failed to register Jules Konde.

Athletics had previously revealed that Barca believed they would be able to register four of their new signings, but Konde would not be registered.

It becomes a customer now unable to face Rayo Vallecano in the club’s La Liga opener on Saturday night.

Athletics can also reveal that centre-back Gerard Pique has offered to cut his wages drastically to help the club register new signings.

Barcelona had been unable to register any arrivals, or Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto, who signed new contracts this summer, as they were still not under La Liga’s imposed squad cost limit.

The club have activated a number of financial levers in an attempt to balance their books, having previously had debts totaling more than €1 billion, with the fourth lever pulled on Friday morning – by selling 24.5 percent of Barca Studios to Orpheus Media for €100m (£84m, $102m).

La Liga reviewed the documentation and approved the handle, which did not cause any problems in registering the four players.

However, it is understood that Kounde’s signing is dependent on pay cuts and squad sales, with the France international missing out due to Barcelona’s central defensive depth and his own lack of training sessions with the squad.

As part of these efforts, Pique has informed Barcelona that he is willing to drastically reduce his wages this season to help the club sign new contracts.

Sources have suggested that the 35-year-old’s reduction could be to the extent that he effectively does not receive a salary for the 2022-23 campaign, although he would then take a salary during the final year of his contract in the 2023-24 season . , but the final details still need to be exhausted.

Pique previously took a pay cut last summer along with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba to help Barcelona sign then new signings Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia.

Pique previously took a pay cut last summer along with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba to help Barcelona sign then new signings Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia.

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