Manchester City have reportedly avoided a two-window transfer ban following an investigation into the signing of Benjamin Garre.
As reported by James Ducker of the Daily Telegraph, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has been looking into the acquisition. Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield complained that City tried to lure Garre, now 17, away from them when he was 15 before signing him days after his 16th birthday.
However, according to Matt Lawton and Jack cheap nfl jerseys Gaughan of the Daily Mail, City will not be sanctioned after CAS gave the Premier League champions indication on Tuesday that the case will be thrown out.
If CAS had ruled in favour of Velez, then City would’ve been unable to register players for their squad for the next two windows.
“FIFA had upheld City’s argument that Garre was free to join them after his 16th birthday because he holds an Italian passport, but Velez alleged that FIFA rules only allow players under 18 to move between clubs in European countries,” added Ducker. “Velez also took the world governing body to CAS after they rejected an initial complaint from the South American club in September 2016.”
Ducker noted that all parties involved were expecting an outcome in the case by March, although the complex nature of the deal means a verdict has been delayed.
As noted by Soccerway, Garre has made 13 appearances for City in Premier League 2 this season, scoring three goals.
According to Lawton and Gaughan, manager Pep Guardiola is keen to add two or three new players to his squad this summer after the team clinched the Premier League title last weekend.
And despite some fears about a two-window transfer ban,cheap nfl authentic jerseys it appears as though City will be able to strengthen their title-winning squad once again.
In recent years, other massive clubs have been hit with transfer bans by FIFA. Barcelona were the first major side to face one, as they were unable to register new players in January 2015 and the following summer.