Madrid ‘preparing for transfer ban’

Real Madrid are preparing for a FIFA transfer ban and a report says this summer could be as busy as 2009, when Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Cristiano Ronaldo joined.

Los Blancos and Atletico Madrid both face sanction for the signing of under-18s from outside Spain and if their appeals fail, a ban on signings in January 2017 and the following summer could be implemented.

Marca reports that with that in mind Madrid are looking at signing ‘quantity and quality’ this summer as they have to do the work of two summer transfer windows in one.

A comparison is drawn to the summer of 2009, when Florentino Perez spent big on Kaka, Alonso and Ronaldo, the suggestion being that a similar outlay will be required, though Madrid are now in a stronger position than seven years ago as Champions League winners.

Paul Pogba’s name is floated as a signing that would bolster Madrid to a great enough extent that the 2017 summer ban wouldn’t be an issue, in the manner Barcelona did with Luis Suarez in 2014 as they had a transfer embargo on the horizon.

Madrid are also carefully considering which players are allowed to leave, so as not to deplete Zinedine Zidane’s squad too much in the event of the two-window ban.