Late last night, Cadena SER and Cadena COPE revealed that both Atlético and Real Madrid are to be banned from making transfers for the next two windows.
According to journalist José Ramón de la Morena, FIFA will hit the two Madrid clubs with sanctions for breaking the rules on signing players under the age of eighteen.
This comes a year after Barcelona were hit with the same ban, which begins this summer after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected their appeal and upheld the suspension.
Details are still not fully clear, although Atlético were supposedly the first of the two clubs informed after a recent investigation along with Spain’s governing body, the RFEF.
If outside the EU, youth transfers between international clubs are only permitted if the player’s parents have moved country for their own non-related reasons, or the player’s home is less than 50 kilometres from the national border being crossed.
Atleti say that they co-operated fully with FIFA during the investigation, and have always acted properly with approval from the relevant footballing federations.
Club officials also stated that no information has been received about a potential ban, and that they hold the correct licenses for all non-EU players within the cantera.
FIFA declined to comment, but according to the report on El Larguero, they hold a zero tolerance policy and are keen to make an example in both cases similar to the one with Barcelona.
Should the ban go through, Simeone will be unable to strengthen his squad during the upcoming off-season or in January 2016, although this could be frozen for the summer at least with an appeal.
Not only would players be unable to register for the first team, outgoings would also be forbidden when still under contract.
With Atlético B on the verge of relegation – most likely pushing the C-team to extinction – this would be another nail in the coffin for our already struggling cantera.
Again, nothing is confirmed for now, but official clarification is expected in the coming days.
What do you make of the allegations? Could the current squad survive with a transfer ban?