The Winners and Losers from Real Madrid transfer ban

The transfer ban on Real Madrid may be a major blow of Zinedine Zidane’s plan to overhaul the squad ahead of next season.

But this could also affect Manchester United and Chelsea as the Los Blancos alongside neighbors Atletico Madrid are banned from all transfer activity until the end of 2017/2018 season.

FIFA has sanctioned the Spanish giants for breaching codes over the signing players under the age of 18, similar to the ban imposed on Barcelona in 2014.

Even though, the two La Liga sides will appeal against the ruling, but this may have little effect as happened with Barcelona when they were sanctioned in 2014.

We focus on the those deals which are speculated to happen in summer of 2015, which involves the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Hazard, Pogba and De Gea.

Also this is very evident that the two clubs were pretty aware of what was coming and do not expect any panic buys in the current transfer window.

With the sanction, we can realistically rule out any chance of star players departing, but the Blancos desperately need to strengthen certain areas in the squad.

Ronaldo and Bale

The transfer rumors linking Ronaldo and Bale with Manchester United and Chelsea winger Hazard to Bernebeu may all cool down as a reason.

Ronaldo is strongly speculated towards a move to PSG and Manchester United at the end of the season which may cost the suitors a transfer sum close to £80m ($115m).

Gareth Bale is rumored to be target of Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea, with reports suggesting United is willing to splash out a record transfer fee of £90m for the player’s services.

But with no realistic chance of replacing the Galacticos, it is unlikely that Ronaldo and Bale will be allowed to leave Real Madrid at any cost.

Hazard and Pogba

Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba tops Zidane’s wish-list for next summer. Chelsea may still be reluctant to let the Belgian leave despite his poor form this season and they will welcome this news with full delight.

This cannot be said in the case of Paul Pogba as he is Zidane’s top priority target to strengthen the midfield. A move in the current window is unlikely as Juventus may not be willing to let one of their key players leave in the middle of the season.

Much to the worry of the Los Blancos is that they may even end up losing the French midfielder to arch-rivals Barcelona. The two Manchester clubs and Chelsea are also in the run for the player’s signature.

De Gea

The player who almost joined Real Madrid last summer, but the deal didn’t go through due to delay in paper work. Since then De Gea has renewed his contract with Manchester United.

Since we believe Manchester United have played the cards well to prevent them from losing their star goal keeper, until unless Real launch an audacious bid to release his buyout clause, De Gea will remain at Old Trafford for at least another year.

Areas to Strengthen

But Real Madrid has areas to strengthen and they will be unable to register new players for next two transfer windows.

The center of the defense need reinforcement with the likes of Pepe in the wrong side of his 30s and a talented young Varane consistently out due to injuries.

And the other area is the left-back position, with Brazilian full back Marcelo being the only genuine player who can play in that position.

Real are already linked with a host of players for these positions and it is certain they make a move early enough to get the squad ready until the end of the ban.