Premier League: Manchester City confident they have avoided TWO-window transfer ban

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  • Manchester City signed winger Benjamin Garre days after he turned 16 
  • Velez Sarsfield claim City acted unethically by contacting Garre when he was 15
  • City were at risk of being unable to sign players in the summer and next January
  • However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) are expected to give City green light to spend

Manchester City believe they have escaped a transfer ban by winning their case over the controversial signing of teenager Benjamin Garre.

Argentine club Velez Sarsfield claimed City acted unethically by approaching Garre when he was still 15, then signing the winger only days after his 16th birthday.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) are set to release a verdict in the coming days and it is understood that City were given indication on Tuesday morning that they had won.


Manchester City swooped for Garre when he was just 16 from Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield in July 2016.

City beat Manchester United and Barcelona to sign him, with Garre, who is now 17, even having played in a trial game at United during his two-week trial there in 2015.

He plays wide and possesses both pace and trickery in abundance.

Naturally left-footed but comfortable on either flank, he is often deployed on his favoured left side in a front three. 

He has won 10 caps at youth level for Argentina across U15 and U17 level.

Garre was one of three youth players to train with the men’s Argentina squad ahead of their friendly with Russia in Moscow last November.

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That gives Pep Guardiola the all clear to continue spending as he plots a defence of the Premier League title next season.

There had been serious concern at the opposite outcome and defeat would have left the club staring at an embargo on transfers over two windows.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been subjected to transfer bans in recent years after being found guilty of breaching rules concerning the signing of international players under 18.

Barcelona received a 14-month transfer ban in April 2014, with both FIFA and CAS rejecting their appeals.

FIFA ratified the transfer and upheld City’s argument that their capture of Garre, who is now playing in City’s Under-23 side, was not a breach of the regulations because he holds an Italian passport. Indeed they stated they acted within the rules.

Velez, however, claimed that FIFA rules only allow players under 18 to move between clubs in Europe and does not include South America. To further complicate matters Velez have also taken FIFA to CAS after they rejected their original complaint in September 2016.

It is why a court case that was heard in July last year, with a verdict due by the end of September, has been delayed. 



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