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Barcelona registering Jules Kounde has relegated one of their players to the THIRD division

Daniel Marland

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Barcelona registering Jules Kounde has relegated one of their players to the THIRD division

Barcelona have finally registered Jules Kounde - but it's created a massive problem for another member of their squad.

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The 23-year-old joined Barcelona from Sevilla last month but has missed their opening two La Liga games due to the Catalan giants being over the league's wage cap limit.

It was confirmed over the weekend that Kounde is now officially registered and eligible to face Real Valladolid on Sunday evening.

According to Relevo per Football-Espanda, teenage midfielder Pablo Torre has been registered with Barcelona Atletic, popularly known as Barcelona B to ensure Kounde's registration.

Pablo Torre could be forced to play in the third division of Spanish football. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Pablo Torre could be forced to play in the third division of Spanish football. (Image Credit: Alamy)

Torre's registration with Barca B is only a temporary measure, but it could backfire massively.

He'll be forced to stay with Rafael Marquez's side, who are in the third division, if he's not moved back to the first-team by Thursday's transfer deadline.

The 19-year-old sealed a permanent transfer from Racing Santander in June and the plan was for him to move between Barcelona and Barcelona B freely.

Talks over Torre returning to Racing have been held but it likely wouldn't be best for his development.

As well as Kounde, Barcelona have added Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski to their squad this summer.

Jules Kounde is yet to play a professional game for Barcelona. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Jules Kounde is yet to play a professional game for Barcelona. (Image Credit: Alamy)

The Blaugrana drew their opening game 0-0 with Rayo Vallecano but ran out 4-1 winners against Real Sociedad last Sunday.

A midweek friendly against Manchester City ended 3-3 and Thursday saw Barcelona find out their Champions League group.

They were placed in Group C alongside European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in addition to Viktoria Plzen.

Last season saw Barcelona drop down the Europa League, but manager Xavi is confident they can go far in the competition this time around.

"It’s a very difficult group, perhaps the toughest," he admitted. 

"We’ve made very good signings this season, we’ve invested a lot.

"The Champions League and the league, we want to go through and fight for the trophies. But the challenge is massive. It’s perhaps the group of death."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Barcelona, Jules Kounde, La Liga

Daniel Marland
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