As revealed by the BBC this morning, Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City are both being investigated by international football’s governing body FIFA, regarding their recruitment of young players.
The problem of top European clubs tapping up young stars before they have signed a professional contract with the club who brought them through their youth system has become an increasingly widespread issue over recent years, with FIFA doing their best to crack down on offenders.
January of last year saw both Real and Atletico Madrid hit with bans from signing players for two transfer windows due to their breaking of rules regarding signing minors, though the former had their ban reduced to one window after an appeal.
And, as per the aforementioned report from the BBC today, both Chelsea and Man City are now once again under investigation for similar offences.
Chelsea were sanctioned with a transfer ban in the past, following the 2009 signing of Gael Kakuta from French outfit Lens, though the decision was later overturned following an appeal.
The Blues were also criticised for their signing of Bertrand Traore from Association Jeunes Espoirs De Bobo-Dioulasso in 2014.
City, meanwhile, were hit with an embargo after news emerged that the Citizens had approached the families of two youngsters who were on the books of other clubs.
FIFA have confirmed to the BBC that their investigation regarding recent breaches of rules by both clubs is ‘ongoing’.