If you thought that Real Madrid’s and Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban just affected the two Spanish clubs, then think again.
FIFA have rejected the appeals from both clubs after they broke rules protecting underage players.
They will now be unable to “register any players at national and international level” in the next two windows. That means that they will have to wait until January 2018 to do so.
But it’s not just bad news for Real and Atletico. With the two clubs being unable to register any players until 2018, it means they are going to be extremely reluctant to sell until that time.
Therefore, it could be very bad news for Manchester United.
In recent days, it has been reported that the club are looking at signing Antoine Griezmann next summer. Manchester Evening News claims that the Frenchman is their primary target in the 2017 summer transfer window, following from Paul Pogba’s £89 million deal.
Many United fans have immediately realised that their chances of signing Griezmann have taken a significant blow from this latest news. Check out the reaction below:
United fans react
However, as some people pointed out, Atleti may not be able to prevent Griezmann from joining Old Trafford with him having a release clause. While this is likely to be in the region of £80 million, we all know what Mourinho to sign a player he desperate wants.
While Mourinho and co. will be disappointed that their pursuit of a transfer target has become more complicated, the Madrid rivals will be left wondering how they’re going to cope.
FIFA have released a statement following their ban to explain the rules that have been broken.
"The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish clubs Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors.
"As such, both clubs are to serve a transfer ban that prevents them from registering any players at national and international level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods for breaching articles 5, 9, 19 and 19bis as well as annexes 2 and 3 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (the "Regulations")."