Column: Brexit seems like a major headache for English clubs – but Spanish, French and Portuguese clubs could be hurt too

13 June 2021

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Photo: Alamy Ederson of Manchester City collects a loose ball during the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester City at Turf Moor on April 28th 2019. The Brazilian goalkeeper came to Benfica as a U/17 player. In the future - due to the consequences of Brexit - English clubs might start looking a lot more at players from South America, because European players are harder to sign due to the new immigration rules.

The new immigration rules post-Brexit were designed to help young homegrown British talent prosper. But the new rules will create a real hurdle for numerous clubs.

With many deals now prohibited and transfers also being scuppered by post-Brexit restrictions, it remains to be seen whether this will effect the Premier League’s pre-eminence.

Due to the new immigration rules after Brexit English clubs could be forced to search for talent in South America. Moreover signing these players may be much more straightforward than it was in the past.

If there’s increased competition from Britain in recruiting top talents from countries like Brazil and Argentina, will clubs elsewhere in Europe be able to compete?

Darryl Rigby, political correspondent at the Immigration Advice Service contact@offthepitch.com

With football clubs struggling to come to terms with the financial implications of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the 2020/2021-season’s January transfer window went down as one of the most uneventful on record.

Take the Premier League, for instance, where many of the world’s wealthiest clubs play their football. Here, despite the vast riches on display, even these super-wealthy clubs aren’t immune to the economic issues brought about by the pandemic, as England’s top flight recorded its lowest ever number of deals in a transfer window.

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