Manchester City face the prospect of a transfer ban if they are judged to have broken rules around the signing of a foreign teenage player at a court case due to be heard next week. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will convene on Monday to hear Argentine club Velez Sarsfield’s claims that City acted unethically by approaching Benjamin Garré when he was still 15 and then flouted transfer rules by signing the attacking midfielder when he turned 16.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been subjected to transfer bans in the past few years after being found guilty of breaching rules around the signing of international players under the age of 18.
City have strongly dismissed suggestions that one of the reasons they are chasing such a high number of players in this summer’s transfer window is in order to protect themselves in the event a ban is forthcoming.
It is understood it could be several weeks before there is an outcome from the CAS hearing but if found guilty they would be unable to sign any new players meaning selling players such as Iheanacho would become unlikely.
Last month, City were banned by the Premier League from signing academy players for two years – with the second 12 months suspended – after it emerged they had made illegal approaches for youth players registered with other clubs.
Already bored with the Iheanacho saga.