Man City rocked by threat of two-window transfer ban

Pep Guardiola is expected to spend big again this summer in order to retain the league title

Manchester City are sweating on a court ruling that could leave them with a transfer ban which stops Pep Guardiola building on his side's Premier League title success.

Federation Internationale de Football Association agreed with City, saying that because Garre holds an Italian passport, he was free to leave Argentina after his 16th birthday, however Velez took the case to CAS. Guardiola wants to add to his squad but there is serious concern the court will decide City breached transfer rules.

The Citizens signed the player shortly after his 16th birthday although the player's former club Velez Sarsfield complained that the youngster was approached when 15 and therefore that transfer rules had been breached.

City are very much of the opinion that they did nothing wrong in this case although if they are found guilty they are likely to be slapped with a two-window transfer ban.

The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed.


The Argentine club claimed City broke Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations, which only allow players under 18 to move between clubs in European countries.

However, Fifa have backed City and ratified the transfer, upholding their claim that Garre was free to join the club after his 16th birthday because he holds an Italian passport.

"Velez also took Federation Internationale de Football Association to CAS after the world governing body rejected an initial complaint from the South American club in September 2016".

The decision means City have avoided the kind of ban handed out to Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in recent seasons.

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