Transfers

Champions League Clubs May Be Banned From Signing Players From Each Other in New Radical Rule Change

By Amreen
Champions League teams would not be able to buy each others' players under rules discussed by Europe's top clubs
Champions League teams would not be able to buy each others' players under rules discussed by Europe's top clubs / MANU FERNANDEZ/Getty Images
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Champions League clubs could reportedly be banned from signing from players from other clubs participating in the competition as part of a radical new overhaul suggested by Juventus President Andrea Agnelli, head of the European Club Association.

Agnelli said the move is being considered to try to "level up football" and drive up revenue in domestic leagues. Juventus, themselves, spent a fortune on bringing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, who are now linked to one of the biggest names in world football - Kylian Mbappe.

Barcelona's captain Lionel Messi has also been linked with a move away from Camp Nou, while Borussia Dortmund pair, Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho, continue to be courted by Manchester United. But Agnelli admitted that talks have taken place which would ban clubs trading with one another from 2024.

He said: “This is a fertile moment to think of new and greater solutions. We could think of a double path for the transfer system whereby clubs qualifying for European competitions enter into specific tiers. If that happened, they wouldn't be allowed to buy each other's players so that would improve the indirect solidarity towards the other clubs. "

He added, “There would be no triple figure transfers between Champions League clubs for players and we would be focusing on buying players from other countries and clubs. These are elements we are discussing. Cost controls is one of the elements that gives us the biggest headaches and will bring us the biggest challenges going forward into the next set of discussions.”

Agnelli also revealed he "fought" with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin over football's future, and added that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the finances of a number of clubs, who need to find a way to bounce back.

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