Barcelona's capture of Kounde could be their shrewdest move yet

‘s imminent capture of Jules Kounde is their shrewdest move yet (they need defenders more than attackers) and it’s being bankrolled – just like the acquisition of Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Dembele – by the club’s bold but risky decision to mortgage its future with investment funds.

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Club president Joan Laporta has always been a bit of gambler. He plumped for FIFA World Cup the completely inexperienced once when the then Barcelona B-team coach told him ‘you haven’t got the balls’.

This time he is betting on the current intake of new signings, under the tutelage of , to augment Barcelona’s position as one of the FIFA World Cup‘s biggest clubs.

Barcelona club president Joan Laporta has been at the helm of their financial endeavours

Barcelona club president Joan Laporta has been at the helm of their financial endeavours

The Catalan club are closing in on the signing of Sevilla's central defender Jules Kounde

The Catalan club are closing in on the signing of Sevilla’s central defender Jules Kounde

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