Cut number of players out on loan, Premier League clubs warned

Chelsea currently have 39 players out on loan including Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea currently have 39 players out on loan including Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea, incredibly, now have 39 players out on loan, and the latter of those rules will stem their flooding of Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem with their youngsters.

The new regulations, while specifics are yet to be confirmed, are expected to cap the number of players any club is allowed to have loaned out at any one time to between six and eight, according to The Times - well short of the 39 loan players parented by Chelsea.

Federation Internationale de Football Association is set to introduce a limit on the number of players who can be loaned out by a single club for the 2020-21 season with the final figure to be settled early next year, British media reported on Friday.

It is however unclear whether the new rule would apply to domestic loans or homegrown players. "World football's governing body has told clubs that it will introduce the new limit from the start of the 2020-21 season".

Patrick Roberts is one of over 20 players currently out on loan from Manchester City
Patrick Roberts is one of over 20 players currently out on loan from Manchester City

A raft of European clubs have used the loan system to stockpile talented young players, signing them up and then loaning them out before selling them on for huge profits.

FIFA's proposals to overhaul the loan system could come into effect as early as 2020, Sky Sports News understands.

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City have the second most players out on loan at 28, while last year's Championship winners Wolves have 28.

It's expected that most clubs will have little issue complying, however, as 12 Premier League teams now have less than 10 players loaned out, so minimal adjustment would be needed in most cases.

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