The Premier League is considering bypassing the Football Association altogether in their continuing row over plans for the transfer market once Britain finally leaves the European Union altogether next January.
The FA wants to increase the number of players available for England selection by reducing the number of foreign imports, especially non-capped players from EU countries.
The Premier League, however, takes a completely opposite view. They believe that the rules should be relaxed and placing restrictions in such a way reduces the amount of talent available and lowers standards.
And, with the two sides unable to find room for compromise, the Premier League is now prepared to put its own proposals to the British government about which players should be granted visas, and the criteria used for work permits.
A deadline for the two sides to reach an agreement had been set for this Saturday but that is now likely to be put back.
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.