Manchester City and especially Chelsea will be the Premier League clubs most impacted after FIFA ratified a new proposal to limit how many players clubs can send out on loan, The Times reports.
The new rule will be introduced at the start of the 2020/21 season, giving clubs such as City and Chelsea time to try and sell a number of players and reduce the size of their personnel. FIFA will limit loan deals to between 6 and 8 players.
The two Premier League giants have been criticised for the so-called stockpiling of players and ‘for-profit’ deals. Chelsea currently have a staggering 39 players out on loan, with City the second-highest English team in this category with 28, followed by Wolves on 27.
City have started leaning to a revised transfer policy of late which saw talented youngsters such as Angus Gunn, Pablo Maffeo, Angeliño and Bersant Celina sold in the summer with buy-back clauses included in the deals.
The Blues still have many young, and some not-so-young (with Mix Diskerud, Luke Brattan, Anthony Cáceres, Pablo Marí all 25 or older) players out on temporary deals, but many of them are players the club would unlikely miss if they were sold.