Real and Atlético Madrid hit with transfer bans from FIFA

FIFA have today handed down bans to both Real Madrid and city rivals Atlético Madrid, preventing them from signing new players in the 2016 summer and 2017 January transfer windows. Along with fines (Atléti will have to pay €822,000 while Real will cough up €328,000), the two clubs from the Spanish capital  have been banned for “breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18”.

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This will be a massive blow to both clubs, but especially to Zinedine Zidane’s Real. Los Blancos were looking to bring both Man United’s David de Gea and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to the Bernebéu. Real president Florentino Perez was, according to reports in Spain, willing to make Neymar the new Luis Figo, by luring him from rivals Barcelona. Any signing is now on ice for a while. Good job Zizou knows Real’s youth team players well I guess.

Atléti will also feel the effects. Star striker Antoine Griezmann has been linked with football’s elite with a rumoured price tag of around €50 million. But Diego Simeone won’t be keen to let the French star go without being able to bring in a suitable replacement.

Not that both clubs don’t have a plethora of talent at their disposal, they really do, but it will be interesting to see how they will cope.

 

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