How Manchester United & Chelsea could benefit from Barca transfer ban

It has been announced that Barcelona will be unable to conduct transfers for the next two windows, so what does that mean for Manchester United and Chelsea?

For those of you who have not been near a computer, television, mobile device or evening edition of a newspaper which, let’s face it, is not many of you, Barcelona have been banned from making any transfers in the next two windows by FIFA.

The punishment comes after the Spanish champions were deemed to be in breach of rules regarding the “international transfers of non-Spanish minors”.

While Barcelona could well appeal the decision, if it stands it has huge ramifications for clubs across Europe, not least those in the Premier League.

We brought you an article earlier on today about how the news could affect both Liverpool and Everton.

But there is also potentially great news for both Manchester United and Chelsea.

With Carles Puyol announcing his retirement at the end of the current campaign, Barca have long been tipped to bring in a defender from the Premier League to replace him, with David Luiz regularly mentioned.

But if the transfer ban stands, they will have to wait at least 14 months to bring the Brazilian to the Nou Camp.

Considering Luiz has made 28 appearances so far this season, it is clear that for now at least Jose Mourinho sees a place for him in the Blues’ first-team.

But if Barca cannot make a move for Luiz, they will also be unable to sign Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels.

The German has been tipped for a switch to La Liga almost as much as Luiz, but United are also believed to be admirers, and with Nemanja Vidic retiring at the end of the current campaign, someone to replace the imposing Serb is a must.

Of course this could also prove to be pointless if Barcelona appeal and are successful. But if their transfer ban remains in place, Chelsea could keep Luiz and United may sign Hummels. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

With the Catalan side out of the equation in terms of transfers, those who would have headed for Spain this summer may suddenly be re-thinking their plans.

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