Sun 09 October 2022 | 16:35

Mateu Alemany has used his own money to pay for Kounde registration

The director of football at Barcelona had to come up with additional monies to pay for Jules Kounde's registration due to the player's massive contracts with other teams.

After important players refused wage cutbacks,


's head of football

Mateu Alemany

stated he put up some of his own money to ensure the registration of

Jules Kounde


The French defender was brought in before the start of the current season at Camp Nou, but despite the club pulling out all the financial stops, he has yet to make an impact on the Blaugrana.

Questions were raised as to why the club took so long to register Kounde, but he was eventually able to make his competitive debut for Xavi's side just before the transfer window closed.

Alemany claimed he and the club's board of directors had to fork up extra cash to make sure he could figure, criticising the financial laws of LaLiga.

"With €867million [worth] of levers, LaLiga told us that it was still not enough to register Kounde,"

he told the club's general assembly.

"So, we had to guarantee."

The director further revealed the decision of key players - among them Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and

Jordi Alba

- to refuse a slashed salary was what led to the board being forced to make a move.

"We found overpriced salaries compared to the market price,"

he added

. "They blocked our ability to make transfers. These players are impossible to transfer, and otherwise enforce a tax on our fairplay restrictions. They are wage packets outside the market, and our goal is to make them disappear."

source: SportMob

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