FIFA to Reduce Number of Players Who Can Be Loaned out

FIFA will now reduce the number of senior players who can be loaned out each season to eight if their plan works out.

According to SportBild, clubs will only be able to send out “eight professionals” at a time, though there will be no limits on loaning young players:

“Talents under the age of 21 who have been trained by their home club and have been under contract there for an extended period of time may continue to be borrowed in unlimited numbers to further their development by collecting match practice elsewhere.”

In February, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: “it is important to establish a few rules as a limitation of squad sizes or the number of players out on loan.”

The plans might possibly be a big blow to clubs like Chelsea and Juventus. The former have 40 players out on loan this season, while the latter have sent out 26, and out of the 40 Chelsea players on loan, 19 are over the age of 21, including the likes of Kurt Zouma, Michy Batshuayi, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Matt Miazga. As for Juventus, 10 of their loanees are 22 or older.

For clubs like Chelsea FC, it has become a model in recent years to buy promising young players in high volumes before loaning them out.

If FIFA puts its plans into action, Chelsea will be one of the clubs who will need to alter their approach in the transfer market.

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