Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Friday, 28th February.
FIFA confirm new transfer rule
FIFA have confirmed that new steps have been taken to reform the transfer system in football.
At a meeting in Zurich held with the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee – which includes representatives from clubs, leagues, players and member associations – the decision was taken to introduce a new system for training rewards and limits on loan players.
The training rewards system will be financed by an additional 1 per cent levy on transfer fees, and will “encourage and reward the training efforts of clubs”.
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A consultation process will now begin so that stakeholders can agree on the costs to clubs of training players, and parameters can be set before the proposal is submitted to the FIFA council, with a view to being introduced in 2022.
The committee have also endorsed new regulations on loan deals. From July 2020, there will be limits on international loans of players aged 22 and older, with eight international loans in and out permitted for the 2020/21 season – which will reduced to six loans in and out by the 2022/23 season, with a maximum of three loans in and three out between the same clubs.
Chelsea, for example, currently have 12 players out on loan over the age of 22 – nine of which are outside of England, which would be one over the limit set for next season.
Chelsea eye £42m transfer
Chelsea are reportedly ready to make a summer move for Lyon star Houssem Aouar.
The Blues have already sealed a deal for Ajax attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech, but are expected to be busy in the summer transfer window as Frank Lampard attempts to increase the creative options within his squad.
However, the west London outfit are said to be battling Juventus to sign Aoaur and are keen on forcing through a deal in a bid to beat the Serie A side.