Liverpool might have transfer ‘loophole’ thanks to clever £538m FSG move
Liverpool, like all teams, will have to take careful note of the new regulations brought in by FIFA around loan players, as another consideration to their long term recruitment strategy.
The full details of the changes in the regulations can be found by clicking here, but they essentially mean this: FIFA are stopping clubs from stockpiling talent so easily, by limiting the number of players they can have out on loan.
Now, Liverpool, unlike other clubs like Man City and particularly Chelsea (who owned Bosnian goalkeeper Matej Delač for around nine years, during which time he was always out on loan), have never had that many players out on a temporary basis.
Even younger players like Curtis Jones have not been sent out for experience, with the club favouring keeping the best talents in-house where possible (Harvey Elliott, who pushed to move to Blackburn, being the exception).
But the rules could still be something for them to think about and consider, with the multi-club model something that will be a possibility in future and could have an influence.
FSG’s merger with RedBird last year has opened the possibility of a multi-club approach being implemented by the US owners, similar to what the City Football Group have done with Etihad investment off the back of buying Man City.
RedBird have involvement with Málaga in Spain and Toulouse in France, and took an 11 per cent stake in Liverpool owners FSG back in March, with that deal worth £538m ($750m). They could add further to that portfolio in future.
The arrangement means many things, as have been covered extensively across Liverpool.com previously.
The impact of a multi-club model post-Brexit can help ensure a pathway for talents to arrive at Liverpool despite strict regulations and limitations now being place. FSG’s recent interest in Brazilian side Cruzeiro suggests they are on the lookout for even more possibilities for expansion in even more markets.
There is also Gerry Cardinale’s TV rights expertise which could expand that revenue stream in future as more opportunities in that field arise in both the Premier League and the Champions League. There is even a school of thought that the investors have positioned themselves to one day take over at Liverpool completely should FSG, John W Henry and co decide to move on.
But, in the wake of the FIFA rule changes, in a similar way to helping circumvent the Brexit regulations and make sure the best overseas talent (Stefan Bajcetic, Mateusz Musialowski and many more in recent years) from Europe can still find its way to Anfield, the multi-club model could be a way to make sure they can find almost a ‘loophole’, should they require one, around loan deals.
Should they come close to the threshold, that relationship with another club could ensure a sale instead, with an understanding of the transfer working similarly to a loan spell if required.
Liverpool were never going to be impacted in the same way as many other top clubs around Europe by FIFA clamping down on the loan market, but any advantage they can find around transfers will be welcomed.
As these latest changes come in, they might accidentally have stumbled upon yet another benefit to the additional investment FSG sought 10 months ago, as the list of reasons for that deal taking place continues to grow.