Man City tipped to ‘reinvent’ themselves after Fifa law change


Man City will not be troubled by new Fifa rules regarding the loan system – they will simply ‘reinvent’ themselves in response.

So says finance expert Dr. Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about impending reforms to world football’s governing body.

Fifa announced last Thursday (January 20) that clubs will only be allowed to have six players over the age of 21 on international loan at a time.

The new rules are due to come into force on July 1 and aim to prevent wealthier clubs from ‘hoarding’ top talent.

City currently have 35 players on loan, more than any other Premier League side.

But Plumley doesn’t think Fifa’s new system will pose a big threat to its recruitment and development model.

“In this context, we must examine the deadlines”, the Sheffield Hallam University expert said Football Insiderit’s Adam Williams.

“In the short term, City can just reinvent the model if they need to. They are one of the clubs that can do it almost in no time.

“I don’t think it will become a problem because if they need it they will get a head start.

“I agree with the principle of the rule because clubs that stockpile talent usually don’t work well for the game.

“At the moment, this concerns international loans and does not cover domestic loans.

“FIFA expects individual governing bodies to adjust their regulations to accommodate this in the next few years, but it’s not a given.

“It will be interesting given the current dominance of the big clubs in the domestic leagues.

“If you prevent them from doing it internationally, they can just do it domestically. It’s arguably worse for the Football League as a whole.

“The other thing we have to mention is that it has to be done as part of a wider reform of the transfer system.

“Fifa said they were going to look at that as well, but you can’t just look at these things in isolation. You would expect something else to give.

“There’s stuff around transfer windows and maximum limits on loan deals anyway.

“There are other things it’s starting to tug on, like under-loans to third-party clubs.”

Of the 36 players City currently have on loan, 12 are abroad.

Pep Guardiola’s first team meanwhile are nine points clear at the top of the Premier League.

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