Spanish giants Real Madrid have not had the best of times in the current season and in a month that has already seen Rafa Benitez sacked as the manager, matters are not yet about to get better with the embargo from FIFA.
The Spanish giants have been slapped with a transfer ban for the next two windows, a move that will without doubt have far reaching impact, both at the club and across Europe, but what are the prospects for the club.
Current manager Zinedine Zidane, a favorite with Real Madrid fans, is reported to be in the mix in the saga that saw the club flout FIFA rules regarding the transfer of players below 18 years.
He has four sons in the club’s youth system and they are said to be among the eight players whose transfer the club did not follow the set procedures.
So the ban bars the club from signing, or rather registering new players in the next two transfer windows, that is in the summer and January 2017 so a key aspect here obviously is that the club will be looking to hold on to its current stars.
Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a move out with both Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain mooted as his next destination.
In terms of inbound transfers, the club can only sign players in the current transfer window as the embargo is scheduled to start later.
The club has been linked with moves for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, Tottenham Hotspurs’ Harry Kane, Everton’s John Stones and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Now the club will either have to live with the fact that they cannot get any of these players or make audacious bids to lure them to Spain with the club’s placing currently very weak given it is already midway through the transfer window.
The club’s other option, which the leaders have suggested, is that they will be appealing the decision. On this they will be hoping that the decision is overturned or in the least, delayed, which will allow them to sign as they await the ban to come into force.
De Gea has for months been seen as the most likely to make the switch to the Santiago Bernabeu. What complicates the situation for Real Madrid is that he signed a new deal in September so getting him from Manchester United in this transfer window will take something extraordinary.
Given the circumstances, the Spanish keeper will be the least of the club’s concerns anyway with Keylor Navas proving a solid performer.
Indeed, the club is not thinking about the transfer process, as stated by the club’s Director General Jose Angel Sanchez who said all energies are being directed at appealing against the ruling he termed absurd.
“At this moment we are only thinking about the appeal process. We are not even considering the other possibilities,” he said.
Despite Sanchez’s statement of confidence, Real Madrid are said to be lining up a massive budget for a January spending spree.