FIFA are currently working on establishing a new policy that would limit the number of players clubs can send out on loan, German newspaper SPORT BILD has revealed.
If the policy is brought into action, it is expected that no more than eight standard loan deals would be allowed per club. However, under-21s trained at the club and under contract for an extended period of time would be excluded and could be dispatched on loan in unlimited numbers.
One of the clubs that would be seriously hampered by this policy right now would be Manchester City who have over 25 players out on loan. Though less, for example, than Juventus, who have 40 players out on loan, City would be one of the clubs impacted.
A number of City’s loanees, such as Lukas Nmecha and Tosin Adarabioyo, would fall into the category of club-trained under-21s, but the City Football Group model includes loaning older players across the world.
For example, City-owned players few might know about such as Mix Diskerud, Anthony Cáceres, Luke Brattan, Uriel Antuna and Thomas Agyepong would fall under the standard eight loan quota. City have managed to profit on cheap acquisitions, loan deals, then subsequent sales in recent years, but that ‘investment’ strategy would have to be abolished or adjusted with these rules.
Perhaps anticipating the possibility of this policy, City sold off more players in the summer than in recent years, the more talented ones leaving with buy-back and sell-on clauses.
Despite that, City’s quiet, often unnoticed ‘stockpiling’ of players and mass loans will have to be rethought should FIFA introduce the new policy, with the eight loan slots more likely to be used on high-level talents who genuinely need experience than players the club hope to quickly profit on.
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