In a bid to deal with Brexit and boost the number of homegrown players, the English FA is planning to reduce the number of overseas players in Premier League squads to 12 from 17.
According to a report in The Times newspaper, the proposal, to be put to the clubs this week, would mean significant changes to a number of sides. Thirteen clubs have more than 12 overseas players in their first team squads this season.
Every one of the league’s 'big six' would be affected should the quota be changed. Manchester City and Spurs both have 17 foreign players, Chelsea and Liverpool 16, Arsenal 15 and Manchester United 14.
The FA would in return agree to give a governing body endorsement, usually issued for a non-EU/European Economic Area elite player to help the development of football in England, for a work permit for every foreign player who gets a contract with a Premier League club, the report said.
Exclusive: #PL clubs will be obliged to ensure that at least half of their first-team squads are made up of "homegrown" players under drastic plans put forward by the FA to deal with Brexit. By @martynziegler https://t.co/124jQ1d4Vz— Times Sport (@TimesSport) November 13, 2018
If the clubs fail to reach agreement with the FA on Brexit, they could face a "no-deal" scenario where all EU players would have to fulfil the same criteria that non-EU players do now to get a work permit, the report added.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that there were still considerable unresolved issues with the European Union over Brexit as the two sides approached the "endgame" in negotiations for departure from the bloc.