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Barcelona allowed to sign players again this summer

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Barcelona are back in the race for Chelsea star David Luiz and any other priority transfer target after having their year-long ban from signing new players suspended by FIFA this morning, pending an appeal.

The Catalan giants had their plans for summer spending thrown into chaos by a ruling from FIFA's disciplinary committee on April 2nd, which decided that as punishment for breaking youth trafficking laws by signing starlets from overseas they would be banned from recruitment for two transfer windows.

Barca club lawyers submitted an appeal to FIFA on April 11 and pleaded for a quick decision so their case had time to be taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, a request football's governing body have listened to and met.

FIFA have granted the appeal a "suspensive effect", deciding that they could not judge the case on its merits in time to make a call by the time this summer's transfer window opens on July 1st.

That verdict means that for Barca are free to buy and sell players freely throughout this summer, putting a proposed £25m deal for David Luiz back at the top of the agenda.

Luiz has been persistently linked with being brought in to fill the void left by the departing Carles Puyol, who will leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season to close the book on a fantastic career at the highest level.

Barca desperately need a new central defender and tried to sign Luiz last summer, which makes the Brazilian talisman a strong candidate to be their first port of call when drawing up a revised transfer policy, with or without current manager Tata Martino.

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David Luiz
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