Bundesliga side Köln are set to be hit by a ban on signing any new players in the next two transfer windows according to reports in Germany, The Rhine club are to be punished by FIFA for an infringement last year meaning that they will be unable to strengthen their current squad for the entire of next season.
The FIFA charge relates back to a signing made in January 2022 when the acquired Slovenian striker Jaka Cuber from Olimpija Ljubljana for their youth system. The club are accused of prompting the then 16-year-old to terminate his contract and sign for the Billy Goats- depriving the Slovenian side of a transfer fee.
The report claims that Köln will be made to pay €54,000 to Olimpija and the player banned for four months, but more importantly the club will be hit with a transfer embargo covering the next two transfer windows. Bild have quoted the report as saying the defendant (Köln) “is prohibited from registering new players for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods after the present decision has been served, be it on a national or international level”.
The club are expected to appeal, but the prospect of Steffen Baumgart not being able to sign any players will put the club at a serious disadvantage next season. Key midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is expected to leave the club and a replacement was expected the be made. The club are also actively looking at signing a striker with the position in desperate need of strengthening.