Manchester City avoid transfer ban after winning Benjamin Garre case at CAS

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Manchester City are expected to be cleared of breaching rules over the signing of Argentine teenager Benjamin Garre, sources have told ESPN FC.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport will make a decision over the signing of Argentinian youngster Benjamin Garre in the coming days to decide whether or not City breached any rules.

Having already seen their case upheld by FIFA, Manchester City were always confident that the CAS would rule similarly, and have received a positive result.

City are waiting to discover if they'll be hit with a transfer ban, according to reports in The Telegraph and The Daily Mail.

But there is serious concern that CAS will rule in favour of Velez Sarsfield, the Argentine club who claim City acted unethically by contacting Garre when he was 15 and then committed a breach of transfer rules by signing the winger only days after his 16th birthday. City argued that Garre held an Italian passport and was entitled to move after his 16th birthday.

That said, they would have the right to a technical appeal that could further delay the process and allow Guardiola to stockpile players this summer.

Velez appealed to Federation Internationale de Football Association, claiming that transfer rules state that players aged 18 or under can only move between European clubs.

Had they been found guilty of breaking transfer rules, City could have been prohibited from registering any new signings for two transfer windows.

Liverpool, Manchester United and co. will all be desperately hoping that City are curtailed in their attempts to continue to buy success.