Thursday 14 December 2017

Arsene Wenger sceptical of Real Madrid transfer ban and predicts big summer spend

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Real Madrid will be active in the transfer market next summer – as he expects the Spanish giants to get their ban on player transactions overturned or pushed back to 2017 on appeal.

Stories on the back pages of Friday’s newspapers suggested Real Madrid were preparing to launch moves for Manchester United keeper David De Gea, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero after they were handed a ban for two transfer windows after breaching Fifa for breaching rules over the transfer of young players.

Yet Wenger is convinced Real Madrid will succeed in their bid to take part in transfer trading next summer, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema all being linked with move away from the Bernabeu as the Spanish giants plot a shake-up of their squad.

“Straight away they will appeal, the appeal will cancel the ban and they will be allowed to buy in the next two transfer windows like they did before. That’s what will happen,” suggested the Arsenal boss.

Barcelona were hit with a similar transfer ban after a similar breach of FA rules in April 2014, but the Catalan club succeeded in pushing back the timing of the initial ban after launching an appeal.

Real Madrid have confirmed they will also launch an appeal, which is likely to mean they will be more aggressive than ever in their transfer spending ahead of the ban kicking in throughout 2017.

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