Premier League clubs are hoping that new rules which are come into effect on January 1st 2021 as a result of Brexit can be deferred.
Under the new regulations, clubs, in line with FIFA guidelines, will not be able to sign players under 18 from overseas. However, with the game currently suspended they want more time to adapt to the new regulations, and hope than an exemption can be granted until the summer of 2021.
They argue that a number of clubs had still to finalise their plans for youth players when football was suspended, and that, subsequently, discussions between clubs and agents have practically ceased due to the national shutdown.
If the new rules do take effect as scheduled, it means that Premier League clubs will be put at a disadvantage compared to their main European rivals when it comes to competing for the best available young talent on the market.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.