Premier League bosses are deep into negotiations with the EFL and the FA over Brexit, home grown quotas and work permits for foreign signings.
New guidelines on signings for the 2020/21 season appear to have crept under the radar but they are an interesting development on “qualifying wages and qualifying transfers.”
Put simply, the Football Association provides a transfer threshold to all Premier League and EFL clubs and if you pay over that figure then the player will be allowed in while they will also have to be among the respective club’s top 30 earners.
It is designed to navigate a way round the qualifying route of playing 75 per cent of international games but stops clubs bringing in average foreign signings at the expense of British players.
The FA argument is they do not want to hold back English youngsters while the Premier League clubs believe if a player is good enough to make their 25 man squad then anyone should be allowed.
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Maybe a good example of a player being exempt through the qualifying criteria is Watford striker Joao Pedro, 18, who looks a huge prospect but has not represented Brazil yet.
No agreement has yet been reached on Brexit and homegrown player quotas but that is also likely to be done around a qualifying system with the FA keen to maintain the pathway for young English players.
An FA spokesman said: “The FA is working with the Premier League and EFL to create a points-based migration system which both supports elite players from overseas coming to play in English football and also creates more opportunities for the development of English players and improves the England team.”
Anthony Taylor will take charge of next week’s European Super Cup final – and the Premier League referee reckons it is harder to make decisions in empty stadiums.
Taylor said: “I think refereeing in an empty stadium makes it harder because you can hear everything.
“For example, in a Premier League game you can hear every bit of contact, but every bit of contact does not make it a foul, that is something the whole of our group have been getting used to, judging what’s a foul and what’s not. It certainly changes the dynamic on how you make a decision sometimes.”
Robbie Savage and Chris Sutton were a very popular hit as new co-hosts on both Saturday and Sunday for BBC Five Live’s phone-in show 6-0-6.
The pair rub off each other to great effect and got a staggering 1,000,000 views on social media clips from their shows last weekend.
There is no getting away from one of the key reasons as to why Tottenham have pushed the boat out to get Gareth Bale back to White Hart Lane.
Unless they kick on this season and challenge for top four and trophies, the worry at Spurs is that Harry Kane could leave as he is desperate for silverware and success.
A new study by the app Ellevate Football has found that where you come from can decide your position on the pitch.
You are more likely to be a defender if you’re from Yorkshire with the likes of John Stones, Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker. Midfielders tend to be from the south with the likes of Mason Mount, Harry Winks and Dele Alli.
Strikers are most likely to come from London, just like Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham and Rhian Brewster after research into nearly 800 players currently playing in the Premier League down to League Two.
Arsenal have got such a big squad these days that it is impossible to get them all in.
Reiss Nelson and Cedric Soares were hoping to at least make the bench for the opening day fixture at Fulham but had to be politely told they were not needed despite expecting to be on the team bus.
Football shirt sales fell by a staggering 63 per cent as compared to this time last year.
Website lovethesales.com have calculated Premier League teams will lose £15m on shirt sales this year due to coronavirus after tracking 1,000 online retailers.
Arsenal’s adidas home shirt bucks the trend and is the top seller and demand has gone up by 84 per cent compared to the 2018 kit.
English clubs spent an average of £5.5m on youth development in the past year which is the joint highest in Europe.
That ranged from £1.1m to £14m as Premier League clubs look to bolster their youth set-up, according to a new UEFA report.
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