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Volume 7 No. 149

International Football

Chelsea currently has 40 players on loan.
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A new FIFA law on loan deals "could force Chelsea to drastically change" the way it manages its squad, according to Robert Summerscales of the London DAILY MAIL. According to a report by Bild, FIFA "is planning to restrict the number of players sent out on loan to eight per season." Chelsea currently has 40 players "temporarily plying their trade elsewhere." The proposed limit would "chiefly apply to players over the age of 21, with homegrown youngsters exempt." Of Chelsea's 40 loanees, only 16 would currently count as homegrown youngsters, so the club would need to trim its number of other loanees from 24 to eight. Chelsea's business model in the transfer market "has long seen the club sign talented youngsters to loan them out," with the "long-term goal either being to prepare them" for the first team or "sell them for a healthy profit" (DAILY MAIL, 9/13). YAHOO's Hamish Williams reported Chelsea has "long been accused of signing footballers with huge potential to stop rivals from snapping them up," only to send them out on loan "before selling them for a profit." Juventus is "another major European side" that follows that model, "with 26 players leaving on short-term deals this season." FIFA President Gianni Infantino said, "It is important to establish a few rules as a limitation of squad sizes or the number of players out on loan" (YAHOO, 9/13).

La Liga announced the salary limits for its 20 clubs for the '18-19 season, according to MARCA. Barcelona (€632.9M/$739.8M) is at the top of the list, while Valladolid (€23.9M) ($27.9M) has the least to spend. The salary limit "refers to the maximum amount that each team can spend this season" on its first team, including players and coaching staff. The breakdown for the salary limits includes fixed and variable salaries, social security, collective bonuses, acquisition costs (including commissions for agents) and repayments (cost of players charged annually depending on the number of years in the the player's contract). It is "important to note that the entirety of this limit does not have to be used by the club." After Barcelona, Real Madrid (€567M/$663M), Atlético Madrid (€293M/$342M), Valencia (€165M/$193M) and Sevilla (€163M/$191M) round out the top five (MARCA, 9/13).

A Brazilian court on Monday revoked IMX's commercial rights to Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã "due to irregularities in the bidding process." In '13, IMX was awarded the rights to the stadium in a 35-year deal (AFP, 9/12).

Javier Tebas would like to hold an Ecuadorian league match in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia.
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La Liga President Javier Tebas wants to bring a match from the Ecuadorian top flight to Spain. Tebas this week traveled to the South American country to "sign agreements and help the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) make its league one of the strongest" in Latin America. His idea is to hold an Ecuadorian league match in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia (AS, 9/13).

The Premier League will test VAR across multiple games for the first time on Saturday. After VAR tests at individual fixtures last season, the Premier League "now wants to see how the system copes with several games at the same time." The trial, across all five 3pm kickoffs, will be at the central VAR hub (BBC, 9/13).

Scottish Premiership side Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon called for "more transparency surrounding the decisions made by the Scottish FA disciplinary panel." It follows "a number of contentious rulings this season." Gordon: "It seems quite a clouded subject on how they get to these decisions" (BBC, 9/13).