I'm purposely burying the lede here to stand on my soapbox for a minute.
FIFA, it should be made aware to everyone, is the most blatantly-corrupt organization this side of Cosa Nostra and that's not really hyperbole. They don't literally murder people like the mafia are known to do, but instead turn blind eyes to governments that have been awarded the World Cup who suppress their workers "hired" to build the palaces that will stage their exhibition, and work them to the point of actual death. Same thing, I guess. The level of bribery and extortion that occurs within its organization and affiliates suggests that, as long as people continue to tune into their tournaments and support their individual national associations in their misguided jingoistic pursuit of empty, meaningless global sporting dominance, they don't care about double-standards or integrity.
Ah, integrity. Another area of continual failure by FIFA.
Recently, FIFA appeared to do the right thing in handing down a transfer ban on Barcelona, after an investigation by FIFA concluded they were essentially running a child trafficking ring when supplying their famous youth academy, La Masia, with young talent from across the world. Many thought this was an air-tight, open-and-shut case based on readily-available evidence that Barcelona was trying their damnedest to pen the plot lines to "Taken 3." This transfer ban followed the fallout of Barcelona's shadiness in the Neymar transfer, which resulted in Sandro Rosell's resignation from the club (and, if you look at the links provided above, was also a central figure in the payment of £2 million to a FIFA official's 10 year-old daughter's bank account).
But those pesky, dangerous facts get in the way of mutual interest when it comes to FIFA. Specifically, those who've already lined their pockets once before to further their ambitions. You see, Barcelona's shirt sponsorship just so happens to be The Qatar Foundation, to the tune of £125 million through 2016. Barcelona's one of the most recognized clubs in the world, a club who consistently suits up some of the most marketable names in the sport, and The Qatar Foundation recognized their ability to further their own goals and dreams by plastering their names on, say, a Barcelona #10 shirt; the player who wears that shirt, I've been told, is pretty good and is a marketer's dream come true.
When the Barcelona transfer ban came down, I imagine a phone call or two came in to the FIFA headquarters outside Zurich from a certain someone, asking if the money they provided nearly four years ago wasn't enough to ensure their interests weren't being compromised. With probably just enough arm bending and a few more pockets greased, FIFA decided that a transfer ban of Barcelona should be suspended pending appeal, due to "the complexity of the case." Or, in simple laymen's terms, "to bide enough time to figure out who needs to get paid."
While all those minute details of who gets what stuffed envelopes left to be sorted and figured out, Barcelona now gets to do the shopping they've long planned. Rumored targets David Luiz, Andre Ter Stegen and Alen Halilovic can proceed as previously planned; that also means current Barcelona players will be made available to leave in order to help balance the squad depth and their insane wage bill. Which, of all the teeth-gnashing I've done up to this point, helps clear the way for a certain somebody who might be a little unhappy and possibly expendable to leave and go to a place that has always been in his heart.
Far from me to start rumors, of course. However, if there's anything good that can come out of this monumental poop storm between FIFA, Barcelona and their mutual business partners, it might as well benefit Arsenal. So, with that said, here's to hoping, and waiting with bated breath over the summer, for news that conversations are starting, agreements are reached, and the prodigal son returns from his kidnapping - er, consensual move to Barcelona nearly three years ago.