After having obtained the signature of Jules Koundé, FC Barcelona obviously wants to make sure that he does not leave. The player has a colossal release clause. Plus
Jules Koundé, a key player?
His recruitment had been underway for several days, a real soap opera that animated the summer transfer window of FC Barcelona. The Blaugranas simply had to release the funds in order to be able to convince Sevilla FC to let go of the player. It is now done, with the official confirmation of his arrival in Catalonia.
With the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, the French player Jules Koundé is the big name of this ambitious summer transfer window of FC Barcelona. At 23, the defender represents a player of the future for the club led by Joan Laporta. The Catalans did not hesitate to spend an estimated sum of 50 million euros excluding bonuses.
From now on, the objective is of course to be able to keep it in the long term. If he signed a five-year contract, until 2027, the Spanish club added to it a very large release clause. A club that wants to get their hands on the defender will have to spend a billion euros. An excessive sum!
A big recruitment for Barcelona
Why such an amount? First of all, we must recall the obvious. The specter of Neymar still floats at Camp Nou. The Brazilian player had a clause of “only” 220 million euros. When PSG broke its piggy bank, this amount seemed more than enough. But since this XXL purchase, which is still the largest in history, we have seen an explosion in the amount of release clauses.
The amount also illustrates the importance of Jules Koundé in the eyes of FC Barcelona. The Catalan club have managed to recruit big names in recent years on their attacking line. But the defense is now the weakness of Xavi’s squad, with many aging or undesirable players.
It now remains to be seen whether Jules Koundé will do better than many of his compatriots in defense at FC Barcelona. From Laurent Blanc to Samuel Umtiti, the experience is rarely conclusive. Unless he becomes the new Eric Abidal…