Barca’s transfer ban suspended
It appears that Barcelona will immediately be able to bolster their squad in an effort to better this season’s misfortunes.
April 23rd, 2014
The losers of last week’s Copa Del Rey final were subjected to a 14-month transfer ban by UEFA after they were found to have contravened the laws concerning international youth transfers.
However, given the complicated nature of the case and Barca’s decision to appeal before a final verdict must be carried in July – the start of the next transfer window – the ban has been suspended pending a full and proper hearing, during which time Barca could feasibly line up deals for their transfer targets including Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Alen Halilovic, with whom it’s said an agreement is already in place.
The news will be warmly welcomed by club officials after the losing effort in an El Clasico game which had silverware on the line – Barca lost 2-1 to Real Madrid after another thrilling yet bruising encounter won by Gareth Bale – but it will not make up for their already slim hopes of defending La Liga.
With four games to go, Barca trail La Liga leaders – Atletico Madrid by four points – but with Atletico also alive at this late stage of the Champions League having knocked out Barca in the quarters, it’s a deficit which can still be overcome.
The real test for both sides comes on the final day of league competition – the 18th May – when the two sides meet at the Nou Camp. Provided that Real Madrid’s game in hand comes to naught, it’s this fixture which will likely determine a winner.