Spanish giants Barcelona have been given a transfer ban by FIFA, meaning they cannot buy players for the next two windows.
The world governing body have confirmed that the Liga side have breached rules regarding the signings of Under-18 players.
A statement on FIFA’s official website read: “Barcelona were found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of non-Spanish minors with the club, as well as other relevant regulations with regard to the registration and participation of certain players in national competitions.
“The investigations concerned several minor players who were registered and participated in competitions with the club over various periods between 2009 and 2013.”
The Camp Nou outfit have been found guilty of 10 breaches of FIFA’s ‘article 19’, which allows minors to leave their home country only on ‘three limited circumstances’.
The Blaugrana have also been fined £305,000, but are likely to appeal the sanctions.
The news also has an effect on Italian sides, with some of their players linked with a move to the Catalan capital.
Roma pair Mehdi Benatia and Miralem Pjanic have both been of interest to Barcelona, as has Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
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