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FIFA announce new transfer window changes that impact Manchester United and Man City

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FIFA have announced a change to their rules that will allow the Football Association to open the summer transfer window before the 2019/20 season finishes.

 

The Premier League will return in under a week on June 17, with the Championship set to follow suit on June 20.

With England’s top two domestic leagues not set to finish their seasons until late July or early August, the start and end dates of the transfer window are uncertain.

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However, FIFA announced two important regulations changes on Thursday afternoon. The first of which will allow players to now play for three different clubs within the same season.

The second will allow any club that operates their season in a dual year, which includes all of England’s leagues, to open the transfer window before the end of the current season.

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“In order to avoid any concerns regarding unemployed players, players are permitted to be registered with a maximum of three clubs and are eligible to play in official matches for three clubs during the same season.

“In order to give priority to clubs to complete their (2019/20) season with their original squad, provide flexibility, and allow MAs to properly plan their football calendar, those associations following a dual-year calendar are permitted to commence the “ first registration period ” for the 2020/21 season prior to the completion of the 2019/20 season, subject to certain conditions.”

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For the likes of Chelsea new signing Hakim Ziyech and other players that have already completed transfer to English clubs for next season, this rule change does not mean they can play in the final matches of the season.

It’s understood that reopening the Premier League’s registration process ahead of the season restart was discussed at Thursday’s meeting, but the proposal was rejected.

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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