Manchester City avoid transfer ban after being cleared in Benjamin Garré case

City have been cleared of breaking rules when they signed Garré two seasons ago

City have been cleared of breaking rules when they signed Garré two seasons ago

Manchester City could live to rue the transfer of a 16-year-old prospect as it has emerged that they may be facing a lengthy transfer ban.

The Argentine club claimed that Federation Internationale de Football Association only allow players under-18 to move between clubs in European countries, and took their case to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) last July.

Had they been found guilty of breaking transfer rules, City could have been prohibited from registering any new signings for two transfer windows.

The Citizens signed the player shortly after his 16th birthday although the player's former club Velez Sarsfield complained that the youngster was approached when 15 and therefore that transfer rules had been breached.

That said, they would have the right to a technical appeal that could further delay the process and allow Guardiola to stockpile players this summer.

Of some encouragement to City is that Federation Internationale de Football Association ratified the transfer and upheld City's argument that their capture of Garre, who is now playing in their Under 23 side, was not a breach of the regulations because he holds an Italian passport.

Velez, however, claim that Federation Internationale de Football Association rules only allow players under 18 to move between clubs in Europe and do not include South America.

The Argentinian club have also taken Federation Internationale de Football Association to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the governing body initially rejected their complaint in September 2016.

The Premier League side believed the player was free to join them as he had turned 16 and held an Italian passport but Velez claim that the rule only applies when two European teams are involved. 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 global players under 18.