The FA have announced a post-Brexit plan for the transfer of overseas players which will come into effect after December 31, meaning they will be in operation for the January transfer window.
The plan means that Premier League and EFL clubs, including Stoke City will not be able to sign players freely from the EU, meaning that should Stoke want to sign players, they will be required to gain a GBE (Governing Body Endorsement) for them to be able to work in the UK.
This could therefore have a profound effect on transfer decisions that the Potters make as they look to strengthen their squad in the January window ahead of the second half of the season.
The GBE will be decided on a points-based system, with points awarded based on three categories; the senior and youth international appearances of the player, the quality of the selling club and domestic league and continental competition appearances.
Players who fail to reach the number of points required will be able to go to an Exceptions Panel to try and get a GBE.
“The system meets the joint objectives of the Premier League, EFL and the FA allowing access to the best players and future talent for clubs, as well as safeguarding England teams, by ensuring opportunities for homegrown players,” read a statement on the FA website.
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“In the Premier League, the number of overseas U21 players a club can sign will be limited to three in the January transfer window and six per season moving forwards. This enables the recruitment of the best players from around the world to train and play together with homegrown talent. Under FIFA’s rules, the UK’s exit from the EU will also mean that clubs will not be able to sign players from overseas until they are 18.”