UEFA set to implement stricter Transfers rules to prevent clubs from “overvaluing” players

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UEFA plans to implement new regulations to prevent players from being traded for fees that exceed their actual market value. According to L’Equipe, these rules are expected to be introduced during the current transfer window as UEFA aims to address and prevent unfair practices.

UEFA’s executive committee is scheduled to vote on a series of amendments to the financial fair play (FFP) regulations on June 28. One of the proposed measures involves comparing transfer fees to their true market value. If clubs declare excessively inflated sums, they will face penalties from the club control body.

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This decision comes in response to the financial irregularities discovered in Serie A club Juventus, which led to fines and points deduction due to the manipulation of transfer fees.

Additionally, UEFA’s ExCo will discuss the implementation of a stricter framework to control clubs’ wage bills. The new Financial Sustainability Regulations (FSR) would restrict clubs from exceeding 90% of their revenues in the 2023-2024 season, 80% in the subsequent season, and 70% from 2025-2026. However, more stringent proposals might be considered, according to L’Equipe.

The ExCo has already committed to introducing a restriction on players signing contracts longer than five years. This decision was made to address the amortisation loopholes exploited by Chelsea in previous transfer windows. Chelsea had signed multiple players to seven- and eight-year deals, allowing them to distribute the repayment of transfer fees over a longer period and remain within the FFP limits.

UEFA President Alexander Ceferin thinks these changes will benefit European fooball

Additionally, UEFA is actively developing a distinct proposal to introduce caps on salaries and transfer fees for clubs. This plan aims to complement the existing Financial Sustainability Regulations (FSR) rather than replacing them entirely.

However, this idea is expected to face resistance from several clubs, and compliance with European Union laws would also need to be ensured.