The news that the Camp Nou club will be given a 14-month transfer ban for breaching the rules regarding the purchasing of international youth players along with a 450,000 Swiss Francs (£305,000) fine has come as a huge shock to European football.
Barça will now be unable to purchase players for the next two transfer windows, running until the summer of 2015, which could cause considerable problems for the reigning La Liga champions.
Barcelona will more than likely appeal the ban just like Chelsea did with a similar ban in 2010, which the Blues successfully overturned on that instance.
The ban could cast some doubts over the deals that have already been agreed for Borussia Monchengladbach's keeper Marc-Andre-ter Stegen and Croatian wonder kid, Alen Halilovic.
Barcelona could also be in some trouble if Victor Valdes goes through with his plan to leave the club in the summer, as they will be unable to replace him.
Although if he is to leave it may not make much of a difference in the short-term, as he is going to be out for over 6-months after having knee surgery.
This could even affect some other clubs with some of Barcelona's youth set up on loan across different countries, for example Gerard Deulofeu has spent this season in the Premier League with Everton.
This could affect his place at Everton in two ways. Firstly, Barcelona won't be able to sell him to the Liverpool based club permanently, which they want to happen if at all possible.
Secondly, another loan move may not happen due the fact that they may need the youngster to stay as they will not be allowed to buy in reinforcements, with the same going for any other Barça youth players on loan.
On the other hand, the Court of Arbitration for Sport may halt Barcelona's ban during an appeal, which would allow them to strengthen in the summer while that process is carried out.
There are many if's and but's involved but one thing is for sure, it will be very interesting to see how Barca's future in the transfer market takes shape over the next few months.
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