How Chelsea's 40-player loan army could be affected by new Fifa regulations

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The subject of Chelsea's loan system has divided opinion amongst football fans and pundits for years. But Fifa's new regulations may result in a clampdown on how many youngsters the Blues are allowed to send out.

Football's governing body announced changes that will be brought in for the next season which will limit the number of loans that occur internationally in the transfer market.

In cases involving players over 22, clubs will only be allowed to make a maximum of eight international loans in and out in the 2020-21 campaign, with the limit reduced to six in 2022-23.

Crucially, there will also be a maximum of three loans in and three loans out between the same clubs, which would impact sides such as Vitesse, who have welcomed several players - including Mason Mount - from Chelsea over the years.

Some clubs have used loan deals as a way to overcome the financial obstacles of Financial Fair Play, agreeing clauses that trigger a permanent deal for the next season.

Matej Delac had nine different loan spells without making a single appearance for Chelsea Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

It appears to be a direct move to stop teams such as Chelsea and Wolves of using the loan system to stockpile players and farm them out to other clubs in an attempt to make profit.

Both Premier League clubs each have sent an estimated 40 players out on loan for the 2019-20 season, but the changes will drastically force them to consider their approach in the near future.

Here's how the new rules could affect Chelsea's current crop of loan players...

International loans under the age of 22

Ethan Ampadu 19 RB Leipzig
Ike Ugbo 21 Roda JC
Juan Castillo 20 Jong Ajax

International loans over the age of 22 (limit of eight in and out)

Alvaro Morata 26 Atletico Madrid (to be made permanent in summer)
Mario Pasalic 24 Atalanta
Davide Zappacosta 27 Roma
Lucas Piazon 25 Rio Ave
Lewis Baker 24 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Tiemoue Bakayoko 25 AS Monaco
Baba Rahman 25 Real Mallorca
Victor Moses 29 Inter Milan
Kenedy 23 Getafe
Nathan 24 Atletico Mineiro
Danilo Pantic 23 MOL Fehervar
Charly Musonda 23 Vitesse

Loans between UK clubs over 22 (max of three from same club)

Jamal Blackman 26 Bristol Rovers
Matt Miazga 24 Reading
Danny Drinkwater 29 Burnley & Aston Villa
Izzy Brown 23 Luton Town

Loans between UK clubs under 22 (max of three from same club)

Nathan Baxter 21 Ross County
Richard Nartey 21 Burton Albion
Luke McCormick 20 Shrewsbury Town
Jake Clarke Salter 22 Birmingham City
Dujon Sterling 20 Wigan Athletic
Conor Gallagher 19 Swansea City
Marc Guehi 19 Swansea City
Josh Grant 21 Plymouth Argyle
Jacob Maddox 21 Tranmere
Trevoh Chalobah 20 Ipswich Town