Who will replace Valdes? (©GettyImages)
Who will replace Valdes? (©GettyImages).

Barcelona banned from signing players

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One of the biggest clubs in the world, adored by many around the world with some of the best players in the world have been banned from signing any players at the club until summer 2015 at the latest.

Last night the club was in action in the Champions League against fellow title challengers Atletico Madrid and it was Neymar - a player with his own transfer controversy - who scored the goal for the Catalan club to make it 1-1 on the night.

Today Barca have been sanctioned for breaking the rules in the case of young talent signed and punished with a transfer embargo for two transfer windows and a fine of around £300,000.

The Spanish FA has also been fined for rule breaches in terms of registering the players and fined around £340,000.

FIFA said in a statement: "FC Barcelona has been found to be in breach of article 19 of the regulations in the case of 10 minor players and to have committed several other concurrent infringements in the context of other players.

"The disciplinary committee regarded the infringements as serious and decided to sanction the club with a transfer ban at both national and international level for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, together with a fine of 450,000 Swiss francs.

"Additionally, the club was granted a period of 90 days in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned."

What does this now mean for the club who were linked with a new goalkeeper in the summer to replace Victor Valdes. It will be seen as a massive blow for the club as in the summer they will not be able to use the World Cup as a "scouting mission" to sign the best in the world.

Would the talent that the club already has be enough to get them through the lengthy transfer ban, remains to be seen. 

Will the club use this as a platform to allow some of the younger players at the club to come through and challenge for the first team

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