A Real Madrid transfer ban would mean an uncertain summer for Premier League duo

Hugo Lloris Euro 2012 Penalty

Tottenham and Manchester United will be unsure whether a Real Madrid transfer ban would be good or bad news for their hopes of keeping hold of their top players.

Reports out of Spain this week suggested that both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were being looked at on account of possible transfer irregularities with regards to signing non-EU youngsters, according to ESPN.

Though it remains unclear as to what will happen next, some are pointing to a possible punishment like the transfer ban that Barcelona suffered last year for similar offences, something that could hugely affect Premier League sides.

Real Madrid have strenuously denied that they are facing a possible transfer embargo, while also stating that they have always followed FIFA's transfer rules, as reported by ESPN, something that Atletico have also emphasised.

Barcelona were banned from signing any players for 14 months in April 2014, but appealed the decision meaning they were given the summer before the embargo came into place. Though they are now not able to sign anyone at all in 2015, they signed the likes of Luis Suarez, Thomas Vermaelen, Ivan Rakitic, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Claudio Bravo, Jeremy Mathieu and Alen Halilovic before the ban came into action to swell their squad for that period.

Real Madrid, with a more aggressive recruitment policy than the Catalan side, may do the same thing if they were to face similar sanctions to their La Liga rivals, and that could mean a concerted effort to recruit in the summer.

Where that could really impact Manchester United or Tottenham, or both, is in the goalkeeping department, with Real said to be considering either David De Gea or Hugo Lloris as replacements for Iker Casillas, according to the Telegraph.

The Spanish legend's form has been temperamental for the last couple of seasons, meaning every outstanding young goalkeeper is linked with a switch to Madrid. Casillas turns 34 this month, so signing a young world-class goalkeeper may be top of Real's list of priorities with even the slightest prospect of a transfer ban.

For United, it could also mean a nigh on impossible chance of raiding the Bernabeu for lofty targets Gareth Bale and former Old Trafford favourite Cristiano Ronaldo.

Spurs won't just be worried about Lloris either, considering that their two biggest sales in recent years have both been reluctant switches to Los Blancos - first by Luka Modric in 2011, and then of course Bale two years later. Considering the campaign Harry Kane has had at White Hart Lane, the Tottenham faithful will be hoping there is no interest from Spain.

Of course, if any ban did occur, United and Spurs would be looking forward to the day it begins, seeing as how both clubs could then expect the likes of De Gea and Lloris to be out of reach of the most ambitious club in the world - as long as they're still there at that point. 

But whatever happens, if this story progresses it is likely to be a tense time for many clubs with potential Galacticos.

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