UEFA are set to tighten the rules on Financial Fair Play (FFP).
The measure is a response to prevent further exploitation which has been used by Chelsea in the current transfer window.
They have signed players on very long contracts, meaning that, under the current provisions, the cost of their transfer fee can be amortised over the length of their contracts.
Mykhailo Mudryk, for example, the winger they signed from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee in excess of £90 million, was handed an eight and a half year deal, the longest contract in the history of the Premier League.
Under the new rules, the maximum period over which the initial cost of a transfer can be spread is five years (irrespective of the length of their contract).
The new provisions will not be applied retrospectively, however. That means that Chelsea will be free to continue their policy in the current window.
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.