Relaying information from Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, the Mail claims that Los Blancos could be punished in the same way Barcelona have been, meaning that they’d be unable to purchase new players for a 12 month period.
The rumour stems from speculation that the Spanish Football Federation have been tipped off by FIFA that Real have breached regulations and are staring down the barrel of having to go without any arrivals both this summer and during the January transfer window.
Real themselves issued a statement earlier on today in response, outrightly denying that they spent a large amount of money during the last winter window in a bid to stock up for the next year, but it would appear that the mainstream media remains unconvinced.
Of course if Real have fallen foul of the transfer laws that necessitate documented proof that under 18s from outside Europe have signed for them whilst being accompanied by both parents then it will be a bitter blow to their ambitions for next season. According to the report in question Real were asked to supply documents for 37 players, and nine of that number were found to not have satisfied FIFA’s rule.
If worst comes to worst and Real are stifled in the market then it will certainly have an impact on Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, with goalkeeper Iker Casillas sure to stay in the event a move for David de Gea has to be cancelled.
The Manchester United ‘keeper is by all accounts Real’s primary target for this summer’s transfer window, and with his contract due to expire next year now is the perfect time to pressurise Louis van Gaal into a sale.
If a transfer ban comes into place though Real will have to watch on either as De Gea pens a new lengthy contract at Old Trafford or another European superpower launches a surprise raid for his services. The former is far more likely, but that won’t comfort Ancelotti any.
It will be of great relief to United fans though, who would be right to consider De Gea perhaps their most important player. The 24-year-old has been a standout performer for the past two years and although Van Gaal has former Barcelona ace Victor Valdes to fall back on there’s no doubting who he would prefer as his number one.
United fans, what do you think to the De Gea speculation? Real Madrid fans, what do you think to the proposed ban? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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