Chelsea boss Frank Lampard might be forced to adapt his transfer plans following the introduction of a new FIFA rule on loans.
The Blues were given a boost back in December when their transfer block was reduced after an initial two-window ban for breaching rules on the signing of young players.
“It’s a positive outcome for us,” Lampard said at the time. “It allows us the potential to look at the market going forward.”
However, according to The Sun , a clampdown on regulations from the governing body will prevent teams from having more than eight international loans of players over the age of 22.
The rules are set to come into play over two seasons and be fully in place by the start of the 2022/23 campaign, leaving Chelsea in need of a major shake up.
The new rule accompanied by the maximum squad size of 25 could leave the west London side forced to pay players who are not eligible to feature.
The Blues currently have 13 senior stars away from the club on temporary deals including Alvaro Morata, Victor Moses and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Lampard is yet to make a senior signing after replacing Maurizio Sarri in the summer, but hinted in December that deals were a possibility.
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“We are certainly joined up on recruitment,” he said.
“I know we haven’t done anything yet so there is no proof in that but we are joined up.
“I have very close conversations with Marina [Granovskaia, director], Petr Cech [technical and performance adviser] and Scott [McLachlan], who is the head of our recruitment department.
“They know what I want and I will be fundamentally in the middle of who and what we bring into the club.”
Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata is out on loan at Atletico Madrid
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