Chelsea have a loaning system as a way of developing players and also making money off sales at the end, but the Blues might not have the opportunity to continue that system anymore.
FIFA have confirmed that new steps have been taken to reform the transfer system in football.
At a meeting held in Zurich with the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee – which includes representatives from clubs, leagues, players and member associations – a new decision has been taken to introduce a new system for training rewards and limits on loan players.
The committee have endorsed new regulations on loan deals which would kickstart from July 2020.
From the new policy, there will be limits on international loans of players aged 22 and older, with eight international loans in and out permitted for the 2020/21 season – which will reduced to six loans in and out by the 2022/23 season, with a maximum of three loans in and three out between the same clubs.
By 2024, clubs will be permitted to send just six players 22 and over on loan within their own country, and a further six internationally.
This new policy will in effect mean that clubs can no longer use the loan market to keep a large number of players on their books.
This new rule will definitely hit Chelsea hard as the Blues currently have 12 players out on loan over the age of 22 – nine of which are outside of England, which would be one over the limit set for next season.