Barcelona have been given the green light to to sign players this summer, as FIFA have decided to suspend the transfer ban placed, following an appeal by the Catalan club, reports The Daily Mail .
Earlier this month, FIFA imposed a two transfer window ban on the club for breaching rules related to the signing of under-age players, which was to prohibit the club from signing any players for the next footballing year.
Despite this, the Barcelona hierarchy were quick in responding to the punishment, with the club's vice president, Manuel Arroyo stating: “We want to have a normal summer. We're convinced that we will be able to sign new players”
“It's a significant ban and our legal team is working so that we'll be able to sign new players this summer.”
Barcelona have since lodged an appeal and FIFA have decided to temporarily lift the year-long ban, while the appeal is processed and considered.
A statement released by FIFA stated: “The chairman of the FIFA appeal committee considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect”
It is extremely unlikely that proceedings would be concluded before the transfer window open, or even before it closes, leaving Barcelona free to embark on a much needed squad overhaul.
Barcelona are reportedly looking to strengthen their back four, with club legend Carles Puyol calling time on his Barcelona career after spending 19 years at the club. Chelsea's David Luiz is being lined up as a replacement in a £25million deal.
While the ban will still be hanging over their heads, the Barcelona board will be hoping to a similar outcome to the ban that was imposed on Chelsea in 2010, over the signing of Gael Kakuta, which was successfully appealed by the London club.
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