La Liga Duo Hit With Transfer Ban Until Summer 2017
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have both been banned from signing any players in the next two transfer windows. The two Spanish clubs have been found guilty of breaking Fifa rules over the signing of under-age players.
Fifa found Real guilty of breaking the rules governing the signing of players under the age of 18 between 2005 and 2014 and have fined them 360,000 Swiss francs (£249,000). Atletico have been fined 900,000 Swiss francs (£622,000) for signing under-age players between 2007 and 2014.
Both clubs have 90 days in which to lodge an appeal. Neither have commented as yet.
The ban is similar to that slapped on Barcelona who were banned from signing any new players during the January and summer transfer windows of 2015. They signed Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal this summer, but both players have had to sit out the first half of the season with Barcelona unable to play them. Both Real and Atletico will be banned from making any new signings this summer and in the January 2017 transfer window.
The news is expected to have ramifications for Premier League clubs. Manchester United have been linked with Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale while Real have been linked with a fresh bid for United keeper David De Gea and Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard. United were linked this week with Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez.
While the ban doesn’t affect any outward transfers neither side are expected to part with any of their star names while they are banned from signing any replacements.