Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban over the controversial signing of Benjamin Garre.
The newly-crowned Premier League champions were accused of breaching rules by the player's former club Velez Sarsfield when they signed Garre from them in 2016.
Velez accused FIFA of allowing City to break their own rules, claiming they acted unethically by contacting Garre when he was 15 and then flouted transfer regulations by signing the winger shortly after his 16th birthday.
FIFA cleared City of any wrongdoing but the Argentine club took their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
But, according to The Sun, CAS has refused to uphold the Velez case and have found in City’s favour.
That clears the way for City to splash the cash again this summer, with Pep Guardiola understood to be keen to strengthen his squad further.
City have been dominant in the Premier League this season, winning the title with six matches to spare, and have also lifted the League Cup.
But they suffered a disappointing Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool and Guardiola believes he needs fresh blood to mount a serious European challenge next season.
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