FIFA looking to impose limit on loan deals

The global footballing body is studying a maximum of eight loan players (out) per club with currently no limit of the system.

Paco Alcácer, cedido por el Barcelona en el Dortmund; James, en el Bayern por el Real Madrid; y Vietto, en el Fulham por el Atlético.
F. Vogel / C. Díaz / E. Keogh EFE / Diario As / Reuters

FIFA are working on establishing a policy which affects the number of players any particular club can have sent out on loan at any given time. Eight players is the limit that football's governing body are considering imposing with no limit currently in place.

The move has been revealed by German daily Sport Bild and if introduced could play a significant roles in future transfer deals with the situation in Serie A being the most dramatic in terms of the major European leagues.

The tendency to sign players as an investment, loan them out and hope they flourish has long been standard practice in the Italian league. Bergamo based Atalanta are the prime exponent of this culture with 77 Atalanta owned players currently on loan with third party clubs. This does pale into comparison with the 379 players that were registered as official Parma Calcio players in 2013. Serie A leaders Juventus currently have 40 players out on loan with a current market value of 105 million euro.

Atalanta - JuventusTifosi Atalanta Bergamo 6-03-2016 Stadio Atleti Azzurri - Football Calcio Serie A Atalanta - Juventus. Foto Giuseppe Celeste / Insidefoto

Premier League and LaLiga

This extensive loan culture is also commonplace in England with Chelsea currently having 40 of their players on loan with the collective value of these individuals topping 180 million euro. Manchester City currently have 27 City owned players on loan with Manchester United (9) and Arsenal next in line with 7.

In Spain the trend is less dramatic though 146 LaLiga club players are currently away from their parent clubs on a loan term. Real Madrid being the main culprits with 21 players: James, Kovacic, Theo, Lunin, Mayoral, Achraf, De Tomás, Odegaard... along with  a myriad of younger talents currently plying their respective trades away from the Bernabeu.

Atlético have 16 currently out on loan followed by Barcelona (15) and Villarreal with 14.

Serie A players on loan (by club)

Atalanta 77 Bologna 25
Genoa 43 Fiorentina 25
Sassuolo 41 Nápoli 24
Juventus 40 Roma 23
Torino 40 Cagliari 22
Inter 37 Udinese 19
Chievo 33 AC Milán 18
Sampdoria 31 SPAL 17
Parma 30 Lazio 11
Empoli 26 Frosinone 10

source: Transfermarkt.

Situation in European clubs

Team Country Players out on loan
Chelsea ENG 40
Man. City ENG 27
Wolverhampton ENG 26
Sporting Portugal POR 24
Benfica POR 21
Oporto POR 18
Liverpool ENG 16
Man. United ENG 9
Arsenal ENG 7
Tottenham ENG 5
Bayern GER 3
Dortmund GER 3

Clubs with players on loan out.

source: Transfermarkt.

LaLiga clubs with players out on loan

Real Madrid 21 Eibar 5
Atlético 16 Leganés 5
Barcelona 15 Levante 5
Villarreal 14 Espanyol 4
Alavés 9 Huesca 4
Athletic 9 Valladolid 4
Betis 8 Celta 2
Sevilla 8 Girona 2
Getafe 6 Real Soc. 2
Valencia 6 Rayo V. 1

source: Transfermarkt.

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