- From July 2020, there'll be a limit of 8 international loan deals in or out for players aged 22 and older.
- So far, Chelsea have 9 such players.
- In 2022, the number will go down further, to 6 loans in or out.
- National associations will have 3 years to introduce similar measures on a domestic level.
FIFA has introduced measures to cap the number of international loan deals one club can make.
According to the organization's official statement, a transitional period starts in July 2020. A club can only make 8 international loans in or out for players aged 22 and older.
Starting from the 2022/2023 season this number will go down to 6 in and out with a maximum of 3 loans in and 3 loans out between the same clubs.
So far, Chelsea have 9 players aged 22 and older who are loaned out to foreign clubs:
Some of them, like Pasalic or Moses, are unlikely to remain in the same situation for another year, but such limitations could seriously interfere with the Blues' plans for the next transfer window.
The more concerning bit for Chelsea is that FIFA gives national football associations three years to introduce similar measures on the domestic level. It means that the club would have to seriously cut down their famous 'Loan Army' which at times amounted to a whole team squad.