The timing of FIFA transfer ban will hit Real and Atletico Madrid hard

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A transfer ban handed down by FIFA to both Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico wasn't exactly a surprise to either club.

As soon as Barcelona were banned for two transfer windows, the writing was on the wall for both Madrid clubs who had, for all intents and purposes, procured young players in exactly the same way as the Catalans.

In the future, other clubs are likely to be similarly hit.


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Barca were fortunate in that their ban was originally announced in April 2014. The Blaugrana naturally appealed and by the time that due process had been followed and the findings were upheld, it had allowed Barca to sign seven new players across a full transfer window.

Players that were instrumental in their assault on a second treble. Players such as Ivan Rakitic and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.


Real and Atletico are not afforded that courtesy. FIFA in their wisdom decided to announce the ban in the middle of the current transfer window.

As things stand, both clubs therefore have nine days within which to get any deals done.

Almost impossible if you consider that deals at this level of the game require more due diligence than normal and the lead-in time commences well before the window in general terms.

Guillem Balague of Sky Sports is convinced that the squad overhaul that Real desperately need will now have to wait for the best part of 18 months, meaning that Cristiano Ronaldo won't be returning to Manchester United and Karim Benzema also won't be sold.

James Rodriguez's insouciance toward the club is clearly grating on new manager Zinedine Zidane and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Colombian ushered out of the exit door in double-quick time.

When Isco is playing so well - despite not having the rub of the green in terms of a decent run of games - Zidane at least has a ready-made replacement and one who'll follow orders to the letter.

Atleti worse off

Loan players will need to be recalled and in times of injury or suspension, those who were fringe players before now, will see more regular employment.

It's bound to have an effect and after such a horrible year for Los Blancos in 2015, it's not the opening gambit in 2016 that Florentino Perez would've wanted.

Atletico are perhaps worse off than their cross-city rivals.

Diego Simeone's side have always been a selling club but have managed to overcome the sales of Sergio Aguero, Fernando Torres, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa with superior knowledge of the marketplace.

Occasionally things don't work out - Jackson Martinez being the most obvious recent purchase to perform well below his capabilities.

That scouting network will not be open to them and there's little doubt that Atleti's mine of talent isn't as deep as Real's.

Bitter blow

For a team that look absolutely capable of ending the two-team duopoly in the Spanish top flight, it's a bitter blow.

It could even see Simeone move on to pastures new in due course. Chelsea are known to be interested in his services and a summer move to west London isn't beyond the realms of possibility.

Barca will be rubbing their hands together at this juncture. It has rained success at Camp Nou ever since Pep Guardiola took over in 2008, Luis Enrique bettering even his efforts.

Things, it would seem, can only get better for the champions.

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