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Why Manchester City could soon be facing a transfer ban similar to Atletico Madrid

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Yesterday, Atletico Madrid saw their appeal over a transfer ban declined. In July 2016, they were charged with breaching Fifa rules over the signing of minors and told they could not register players for the next two transfer windows. 

After missing out on the winter window, the club appealed in order to make an impact this summer instead. However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the ban. 

The decision will not only impact arrivals into Atletico this summer but also those expected to depart the club. 

Until Thursday, star striker Antoine Griezmann was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.  

Jose Mourinho made no secret of the fact he's a huge admirer of the Frenchman, and fans were hoping an official bid was just days away.

Instead, though, Griezmann moved to commit his future to Madrid with a social media post last night. It read "Now more than ever! Atleti. All together." 

United instantly cooled their interest in the player, and will no doubt be looking elsewhere for another world class alternative. 

Griezmann hinting that he is going to stay is the best piece of business Atletico can do this summer. The transfer ban is no doubt a huge inconvenience, but they're not the first club to be given one and they won't be the last. 

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In fact, if reports from the Mirror are to be believed, Manchester City could soon be banned themselves. 

The club has already secured deals with both Bernardo Silva and Ederson, but want to sign even more players over the next few months.

However, they are being taken to court by Argentine side Velez Sarsfield, who believe they signed a young player from them unfairly last summer.  

16-year-old Benjamin Garre now plays in the City youth academy but joined the club when he was 15, making him a minor when he signed.

Fifa allows the movement of minors between clubs in the European Union and Sarsfield's original complaint was dismissed because Garre has an Italian passport. 

But they've now argued that because he was playing for the club in Argentina, that the deal was unfair and they will have their case seen on July 3.

If previous decisions are to go on, similar to one's taken involving Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico, then there's a real possibility City could face a transfer ban because of that deal.

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