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SBD Global/April 24, 2014/Franchises
FIFA Temporarily Suspends Barcelona's Transfer Ban Following Club's Appeal
Published April 24, 2014
PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION: In Madrid, Jordi Quixano reported Barcelona will "be able to carry out its planned roster remodeling for next season." Barcelona "received the development as excellent news, although its strategy starting now will be marked by discretion as it awaits a definitive resolution." A Barcelona source said, "Barça is not free from sanctions. We do not want to take risks and we will continue working with discretion. But the initial objective has been accomplished" (EL PAIS, 4/23). ESPN's Dermot Corrigan reported Barcelona has "already agreed to sign Croatia international Alen Halilovic this summer, with a deal also reportedly in place" to bring in Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has "also stated that sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta will remain in place and oversee the club's planning this summer -- when a new centre-half and another goalkeeper are expected to be targeted" (ESPN, 4/23).