Spanish giants Real and Atletico Madrid are looking at following Barcelona’s lead into landing their own transfer embargoes as they undergo investigations by FIFA, according to the Daily Mirror.
Two separate reports in the Spanish media on Tuesday evening suggested that FIFA are considering sanctions against the La Liga sides as they take a closer look at ‘irregularities in the signing of minors’.
It is believed that several of the Bernabeu side’s recent signings of youngsters including Marco Asensio, Danilo , Lucas Silva and Martin Odegaard could land them a Barcelona style ban.
FIFA rules state that the signing of players under the age of 18 is only permitted if clubs meet the following criteria:
– “Under-18s can move to a club in a different country if their parents move there for non-footballing reasons, if they are from another nation within the European Union or European Economic Area and aged between 16 and 18, or if they live within 100km of the club.”
The players that caused Barca’s ban were never revealed, but FIFA did move to ban a number of their top youth products, forcing the likes of Takefusa Kubo to leave the club and return home to Japan.
However, even if they are slapped with a ban, both Real and Atleti will likely still be able to sign players this summer as an appeal would give them a grace period.