The huge signings of any transfer window almost inevitably involve Real Madrid. They either buy the latest Galactico for an extortionate transfer fee, or sell one of their star players which sparks a myriad of other transfers. When a transfer window is unusually quiet, everyone is waiting for a giant club to make a move, and that giant club is typically Real Madrid.
Except next summer that won't be the case - another one of Europe's elite clubs will have to rise to the top of the transfer window hierarchy, why? Real Madrid and their city neighbours Atletico Madrid have been given a transfer ban for the next two transfer windows. That means no exciting, last minute transfers involving David de Gea will be happening, at least not for a year or so.
Cristiano Ronaldo will likely stay put
It would seem like the transfer embargo for the two Madrid clubs would bring a smile to the face of every other European powerhouse, but they are likely to be nearly as disappointed as Real and Atletico Madrid. The ban obviously stops any players from coming to the Bernabeu or Vicente Calderon, but it also means that both clubs would almost certainly be unwilling to sell. For PSG, and their apparent pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo, that is not the news they wanted to hear.
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The French giants have been tipped by several media outlets to secure the services of Ronaldo next summer, but now that prospect looks to be over. Similarly, if Manchester United or Manchester City were plotting an audacious bid for Gareth Bale, they probably would be wise to turn their attentions elsewhere.
On the plus side, hopefully the ban will put an end, at least temporarily, to the endless Karim Benzema to Arsenal rumour.
Atletico hit harder than Real
Whilst Real Madrid's transfer ban will have an impact on several clubs around Europe, Atletico Madrid will only have themselves to worry about. Real Madrid have such a large squad littered in quality, they won't be too alarmed by the inability to bring in any fresh faces. Whereas Atletico Madrid, with Simeone's demanding nature, need a constant rejuvenation of their squad in order to keep the team fresh.
The squad at Atletico is relatively small as it is; should the board be forced into selling players in the summer to even the finances, then it could be a tough year for Simeone. Fortunately for Atletico, many of the players have developed a sense of loyalty towards Simeone, but the future of Antoine Griezmann will be a worry to them.
The French attacker has been superb so far this season for Atletico; he's been so good that it's alerted all the major clubs in Europe. If Griezmann were to have his head turned and be tempted by a move, it would be disastrous for Atletico - he is someone, in more ways than one, who is irreplaceable to them.
How will both clubs be able to cope with this transfer embargo? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below!