Premier League clubs will not be able to sign foreign players under the age of 18 due to new FIFA regulations, moving away from EU law due to Brexit.
That rule is set to come into play on January 1, but clubs are hoping that they will be given more time to scout young talent due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Recruitment plans have been left in limbo due to the ongoing uncertainty, with the lack of football being played stopping scouts from finalising reports.
The usual summer transfer window could yet be moved from it’s usual position with a set date for the return of the league not yet decided, despite notable players coming to the end of their contracts.
Coronavirus is set to cost the Premier League huge amounts of profit
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The Daily Mail have reported that no decisions will be made on possible amendments as of yet, with October tipped to be the latest point – with the situation set to be much clearer.
The latest statement from league bosses reads: “It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
“The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.
“The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.
“With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition.
“However, any return to play will only be with the full support of the Government and when medical guidance allows.