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La Liga News: 15 January 2016; Madrid Clubs to Appeal Transfer Ban, Celta Vigo to Sign Marcelo Diaz

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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face transfer ban - ESPN FC
Opinion is free, so neither Real Madrid nor Atletico Madrid will be able to prevent people looking at their recent investments -- Martin Odegaard, Marco Asensio and Danilo for Real and Mattias Kranevitter and Augusto Fernandez for Atletico -- and concluding that both clubs were aware the risk existed that they would be hit with a transfer market ban by FIFA.

La Liga backs Madrid, Atletico following FIFA sanctions | Eurosport
La Liga has offered its support to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid after the clubs were hit with FIFA transfer sanctions.Both Madrid giants will be unable to register new players during the next two complete transfer windows as a consequence of breaches "relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18".

Real Madrid chief - 'Many European clubs' face transfer bans - ESPN FC
Real Madrid director general Jose Angel Sanchez says he expects many more European clubs to be hit by transfer bans for breaking youth transfer regulations -- and that cases are already advanced against some Premier League clubs.

Like Rosell, Perez must pay for Real Madrid transfer ban -
What will Florentino Perez say now? Real Madrid released a statement to proclaim its innocence after the club was hit with a transfer ban earlier on Thursday, but it is yet another embarrassment in a long line of catastophes for the club chief in recent months. Surely, it is now time for a change.

Real Madrid will get transfer ban overturned, Arsene Wenger says | Sky Sports
And a lack of movement at the Bernabeu would have a knock-on effect on transfers at an elite level around Europe.But Arsenal manager Wenger said: "They will appeal, they will cancel the ban and they will be allowed to buy in the next two transfer windows. That's what will happen."

Real Madrid transfer ban may affect David De Gea deal hopes - ESPN FC
Manchester United's hopes of keeping David De Gea could be increased after Real Madrid were hit with a transfer ban by FIFA. Real, along with neighbours Atletico Madrid, were given a two-window ban from registering players, which is due to cover the summer 2016 and January 2017 windows, after FIFA deemed them guilty of breaching rules in recruiting young players.

How transfer ban affects Real Madrids recruitment in January - ESPN FC
The largest short-term consequence of FIFA's transfer ban handed down to Real Madrid is that the club must react quickly to reinforce the squad before the January transfer window expires. Otherwise, Florentino Perez will have to wait until the summer of 2017 to register new players, although he can sign them earlier than that.

Real Madrid eye Morata buy-back | WhoScored
Los Blancos are expected to be very active in the remaining weeks of the transfer window after being given a transfer ban by Fifa, which will make them unable to register players over the next two transfer windows. Morata, 23, has been linked with a return to Madrid ever since leaving the club for Juventus in 2014 and Zinedine Zidane’s side retain a buy-back option on the their academy graduate, which can be activated this month.

Real Madrid deny wrongdoing in signing Zinedine Zidane sons - ESPN FC
Sanchez blasted the imposition of a transfer ban on Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid by FIFA, which prevents both clubs from signing players in the next two transfer windows for breaching rules on the international transfer and registration of players under 18 years old. He promised that the club "would use all routes of appeal" to contest the penalty.

Atletico Madrid need help up front in face of transfer ban - ESPN FC
The news that Atletico Madrid and city neighbours Real have been given a transfer ban by FIFA means the club now have just more than two weeks to make any changes to their squad before summer 2017. With Los Rojiblancos currently sitting top of La Liga and into the last 16 of the Champions League, we take a look at what business, if any, Diego Simeone might look to conduct before the month is up as his side prepare to affront a crunch period.

Atlético Madrid 3 - 0 Rayo Vallecano Match report -
Atletico Madrid is through to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey after an Antoine Griezmann double inspired it to a 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano and a 4-1 aggregate success. Diego Simeone's La Liga leader went into Thursday's second leg at the Vicente Calderon with a slight advantage on away goals having drawn 1-1 at Vallecas in the first leg.

Granada 0 - 3 Valencia Match report - 1/14/16 Copa del Rey -
Valencia eased into the last eight of the Copa del Rey by completing a comprehensive 7-0 aggregate victory with a 3-0 second-leg win at Granada. Gary Neville's side did the damage in last week's last-16 first-leg clash at Mestalla in running out 4-0 a victor, thanks in the main to an Alvaro Negredo hat trick.

Celta Vigo poised to sign Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz from Hamburg - Eurosport British
Diaz, 29, who had a stint at Swiss side FC Basel before joining Hamburg in February last year, arrived in Vigo on Thursday for a medical and to work out the final details of the deal, Celta said on their website ( Diaz, who was sidelined by injury last month but Celta said he would be back in action within three weeks at the most.

Nordin Amrabat in Watford talks as £6m release fee met | Sky Sports
It is understood Watford have activated a £6m release clause in the Morocco international's contract. And Amrabat, whose previous clubs include PSV and Galatasaray, will now travel to the UK to talk terms and undergo a medical.