Barcelona will open the league with a home match against Madrid team Rayo Vallecano. For a long time it was not certain whether they would be able to enter the match with new reinforcements, but during yesterday the official website of LaLiga confirmed that the management accepted the registration of six footballers.
These are forward Robert Lewandowski, stopper Andreas Christensen, midfielder Franck Kessié, winger Raphinha, as well as full-back Sergi Roberto and forward Ousmane Dembélé, who extended their contracts with the club during the summer.
Defender Koundé, who is not yet registered as a Barcelona player and, according to the club, is still recovering from an injury, will have to wait for his debut. Spanish media have suggested the Catalans are working to negotiate a new contract with long-serving stopper Gerard Piqué, who has reportedly offered the club himself to accept worse terms in order for Koundé to be registered.
In the event that the management of Barcelona, headed by president Joan Laporta, wants to have a complete squad at their disposal by the next round, they will have to speed up negotiations, as the next battle awaits the Blaugranas already on August 21.
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