Previous
Real Madrid
Barcelona
ESPN3 7:00 AM UTC Aug 15, 2017
Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 1
Game Details
Napoli
Nice
6:45 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
Istanbul Basaksehir
Sevilla FC
6:45 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
Celtic
FC Astana
6:45 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Utrecht
Zenit St Petersburg
4:00 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
Montreal Impact
Chicago Fire
11:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Sheffield Wednesday
Sunderland
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Next
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal available for Barcelona as FIFA ban expires

Barcelona are now free to register summer signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal after the transfer ban imposed by FIFA expired on Monday.

Barca were prohibited from registering new signings for two consecutive transfer windows after breaching FIFA rules on youth transfers but they bought Turan from Atletico Madrid and Vidal from Sevilla in the summer with the intention of registering them on Jan. 4.

Barca had attempted to register Turan prior to the ban being lifted as a result of a long-term injury to Rafinha but the effort failed despite an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. 

Both players are now available to make their debuts on Wednesday when Barca host Espanyol in the first leg of their Copa del Rey round-of-16 clash.

Barca coach Luis Enrique said: "They are players with the right personality to play in this team."

Vidal has not featured since June while Arda Turan has played six matches for Turkey since the start of the season, but Catalan newspaper Sport reports that both players are fit and ready to play against Espanyol.

Barca technical secretary Robert Fernandez said: "It has been a difficult four months as we have had two players who have been keen to play and we have wanted to see them in action.

"Still, these months have worked well in letting them get to know our style of play and the system."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.