Barcelona soccer transfers: Who are the 5 summer signings?

Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski runs down the pitch during a soccer match against the New York Red Bulls, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Harrison, N.J. Barcelona won 2-0. Lewandowski joined Barcelona this summer.

Vera Nieuwenhuis, Associated Press

Financial precarity hasn’t stopped Spanish soccer team Barcelona from bolstering its roster in almost every part of the field this summer.

From free transfers to splashing millions on top prospects from rivals, here are the moves Barcelona has managed to make despite its oft-buzzed about “money issues.”

Andreas Christensen (free, from Chelsea)

His salary is all Barcelona had to worry about when signing Danish center-back Andreas Christensen last month on a free move.

Having made his Chelsea debut in 2014, Christensen made 161 appearances for the English Premier League team, according to The Athletic. Christensen was part of teams that won both the Europa League and Champions League.

Franck Kessié (free, from Milan)

Franck Kessié’s move bolsters an already impressive midfield. ESPN reports on the competition the former Milan midfielder will face after Barcelona signed him for free after his contract expired in June.

“Kessie strengthens coach Xavi Hernandez’s options in midfield and will compete for a place in the team with Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Gavi and Nico Gonzalez.”

Kessié’s contract runs until 2026 and includes a hefty release clause, according to ESPN.

Jules Koundé ($55 million, from Sevilla)

Competition from Chelsea couldn’t keep Barcelona from notching its latest signing. Playing for head coach Xavi made the difference in French international Jules Koundé signing for Barcelona, Sports Illustrated reports.

Center-back Koundé made 32 La Liga appearances last season …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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