Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham prepare for move that could block Newcastle transfer
In a potentially game-changing move, Tottenham Hotspur, along with other Premier League clubs, remain set to cast their vote on a proposal that could have far-reaching implications for the league’s landscape, particularly affecting rivals like Newcastle United.
This proposed rule change aims to implement a ban on associated clubs loaning players between their teams, a decision that could reshape team dynamics and strategic loan moves in the upcoming January transfer window.
The Premier League advocates for this temporary measure to safeguard the integrity of the competition and allow time for a more comprehensive, long-term solution. The vote, requiring the backing of at least 14 of the 20 clubs, will bring about a significant shift in the way teams conduct player loans within their affiliated clubs.
That is as per The Athletic [subscription required]. If approved, the regulation could put a halt to moves such as Ruben Neves transferring to Newcastle United on loan from Al Hilal. Both clubs, significantly, are majority-owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).
No more loan deals between associated clubs?
Neves made the switch to Al Hilal from Wolverhampton Wanderers during the summer window, but recent speculation links him to Newcastle following midfielder Sandro Tonali’s suspension for breaching gambling rules.
Chelsea, with their multi-club model that includes Ligue 1 side RC Strasbourg, could also face consequences. Similarly, Arsenal, under the ownership of Stan Kroenke, who also owns MLS side Colorado Rapids, might find their loan dynamics reshaped.
The ripple effect extends to reigning Premier League and UEFA Champions League holders Manchester City, embedded in the expansive City Football Group. The group owns clubs such as New York City, Melbourne City, Girona, Troyes, and Mumbai City FC. Frank Lampard from NYCFC to Man City on loan is a prime example of this loophole.
Good for us that Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy do not own any other clubs then. However, on a serious note, the outcome could usher in a new era in how teams utilize loan deals between associated clubs. Frank Lampard from New York City FC to Manchester City on loan is a prime example of this loophole.
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The January transfer window might not only witness player movements but also a shift in the rules that govern them, making it a significant period for clubs to navigate. However, it is unfair to introduce totally new rules right in the middle of the season.