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Report: Brexit To Have Monumental Impact On Premier League Squads

Report: Brexit To Have Monumental Impact On Premier League Squads

Drastic plans proposed by the English FA in order to deal with Brexit will see Premier League clubs forced to ensure half of their first-team squad is made up of 'homegrown players.'

The Times have revealed that the FA's proposal will see the number of overseas players in a 25-man squad limited to 12. Several clubs, including Manchester City and Tottenham, have 17 overseas players in their current squad. Chelsea and Liverpool have 16 currently and Arsenal have 14.

The proposal is a bid to avoid a situation that would see all current EU-players go through the same process that non-EU players currently do in order to get a work permit. The red-tape laden process would be a bureaucratic nightmare for the league. Up to 13 present clubs would be affected by the regulations.

The government and EFL are reported to be aware of the suggestion and there would be a transition period until 2020.

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Earlier this season, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said the costs of Brexit helped lead to no signings for the club during the summer. Stadium costs were increased due to the fall in the pound and this lead to the current situation.

Building a new training ground was a massive investment. Building a stadium that is nearly £1bn. And then with Brexit it is worse because the cost is 30% more. That is a drama too. I feel sorry for the English people.

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