MANCHESTER CITY are facing a shock TWO window transfer ban that could stop Pep Guardiola splashing the cash.
The Premier League champions could be hit with the hefty restrictions over signing Argentine wonderkid Benjamin Garre in 2016.
City want to spend heavy again this summer, but there are fears the Court of Arbitration for Sport will impose a ban during a verdict later this week.
Etihad chiefs are accused of breaching strict transfer rules when they signed Garre from Velez Sarsfield.
The club believe City unethically contacted the youngster when he was 15.
They then allegedly committed a breach of rules by signing the winger days after his 16th birthday.
If the title winners lose the case, they face a two-window transfer ban which could stop them registering players this summer and in January 2019.
The club are understood to be encouraged by the fact Fifa allowed the transfer to go through, and was not a breach of regulations because he holds an Italian passport.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all faced similar sanctions in recent years after breaching rules following signing players aged under 18.