The surprising news that Real Madrid have had a double window transfer ban imposed upon them has left the Spanish club stunned.
Along with Atletico, it seems that FIFA were investigating both clubs over irregularities in the signing of U18s and this was widely reported back in April last year. This was exactly the same situation with Barcelona and now the Madrid clubs now have the same punishment.
The rules state that international transfers are only permitted for players over the age of 18, unless the individual player meets one of three qualifying criteria under Article 19. They are:
“Under-18’s are allowed to move to a club in another country as long as their parents move there for non-footballing reasons. If the player is from another country within the European Union or European Economic Area and aged between 16 to 18 or if they live within 100km of the club.”
Real and Atletico are going to appeal the two window bans, but according to reports, the ban Barca had didn’t stop them bringing in a huge number of players. Like anything, there is always a way around it.
If both clubs appeal, they could delay the ban past the next summer window, though it is unlikely. The bans will be upheld and the punishment will include this summer’s window. If not, then there’s no need to panic in Madrid. Time will tell, but the appeals will definitely take place.
Los Blancos are under the opinion that FIFA were tipped off and reports in Spain’s Diario Sport claim that the Directors at Real are convinced Bayern Munich convinced FIFA to open an investigation, although it was reported that the tip-off was anonymous, as it was in the case of Barcelona. Of the players whose transfers are being investigated, two are the new manager Zinedine Zidane’s sons.
Amongst all of these headlines are the new revelations concerning Bale’s record transfer fee being more than Ronaldo’s fee and Ronaldo wants to believe that he is the most expensive signing. Kids stuff, but now Real are panicking internally over that.
So, the big question is, can Real Madrid survive two transfer window bans?
Well, yes they can, even if the worst happens and they are banned from the summer window. You have to remember that Real are behind the game in their domestic league and cups. Barcelona are the La Liga and Copa del Rey holders, and they currently sit second in the league table, two points ahead of Real with a game in hand. Strangely enough, the other team involved, Atletico Madrid are top.
There have been a number of suggestions that Real will go all out in this window and buy who they think they need to the cost of over £250m. Real are a big club and they like to spend big – they want to be the number one team in Spain again. That means big money and bigger names alongside a cavalcade of stars that wear the white shirts now.
The issue is buying the right players that will see the club through to the next window. That will be the summer of 2017 (as it stands) and the club will need players, quality players that will not only compete for all domestic honours, but European honours as well. The club’s President, Florentino Perez, is quite clear about the future of the Galacticos.
Let’s also consider the players they want probably won’t want to move until the summer. They are probably already playing in Europe, have one eye on the European Championships in France and as we all know, you rarely buy a decent player in January.
It’s a sad state of affairs for Madrid, but if they can string out their appeal, then expect to see a mega spending campaign in the summer and the top players gracing the hallowed turf at the Bernebeu.
Whatever happens though, Real will be just fine.