Financially struggling Barcelona sign Robert Lewandowski just in time for season opener


Barcelona managed to register new signings Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen and Raphinha on Friday in time for their La Liga opener against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

However, French defender Jules Kounde is still not registered in La Liga.

Barcelona have spent €153m on transfer fees just to strengthen their squad, with Lewandowski being Bayern Munich’s most notable new arrival.

The deal came a year after Barca were forced to let Lionel Messi go to PSG as the Catalan giants worked under sky-high debts of 1.35 billion euros ($1.39 billion).

Faced with severe spending limits in order to comply with La Liga financial controls, Barcelona needed to raise funds quickly so they could invest in signings and, importantly, register new players.

Earlier on Friday, Barcelona sold another part of their ‘Barca Studios’ media production unit for €100m to Orpheus Media.

Barcelona have already sold 25% of their domestic TV rights for the next quarter century to US investment firm Sixth Street for around 400 million euros.

They had already sold 24.5% of Barca Studios, which manages the club’s digital activities and audiovisual productions, to for 100 million euros on August 1, then another 25% to the American investment company GDA Luma for 100 million euros more.

In the space of a few weeks, 600 million euros had been brought in to fill the coffers.

According to Marca, France international Koundé can only be registered if the club reduce their wage bill.

“So in the next few days, the players in the squad will have to leave,” proclaims the daily.

Koundé signed a five-year contract at the end of July.

According to the Spanish press, Barça would have paid 50 million euros, including 10 million in bonuses, to recruit the Sevillian defender.


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