Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid's transfer bans have huge implications on Manchester United's plans to sign Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann in 2017Published September 9, 2016
The news that Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have lost appeals against FIFA bans on signing players in the next two transfer windows, has left one Premier League club in dismay.
The La Liga clubs contested a decision by world football’s governing body to punish them for breaching rules over the transfer of foreign players under 18.
FIFA initially ruled on the case in January, but the appeals meant both clubs could sign players this summer, however after Thursday’s verdict, the Spanish giants will now be unable to sign players until 2018, a decision which has bizarrely dealt a blow to Premier League giants Manchester United.
Reds boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly made his wish-list for next summer, in a bid to restore United as one of Europe’s best clubs.
The top two names allegedly on Mourinho’s list, are; Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.
It’s no secret that United have made moves to sign both players in the past, with the Press reporting that the club will try everything in their power to at least sign one out of the two La Liga stars next summer, even if it means eclipsing the world-record fee that United paid to sign Paul Pogba in August.
But, with the recent news that both Atleitco and Real are unable to sign players until 2018, it’s even more unlikely that either club would allow their star players to leave the club, especially with no room to bring in replacements, though in Griezmann’s case, there’s a reported buy-out clause in his contract which is currently set at around £85m, should a club wish to lure the forward away from Madrid.
The Spanish sides are now set to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in order to get their bans overturned, and it will be United who will bizarrely be hoping that both Real and Atleitco are successful in their appeals.