As a result of this new FIFA rule that went into effect at the beginning of the month, Arsenal has already had to adjust its transfer plans. The Gunners’ attempts to loan out a player were thwarted when they had to evaluate a new framework set by the regulatory body for the upcoming season.
According to WalesOnline, Mikel Arteta’s side had planned to loan teenage defender Auston Trusty to Cardiff City next season, but after learning that the Championship club will count as a foreign loan, Arsenal decided to transfer the 23-year-old to Birmingham City, which counts as a domestic loan.
A club may only transfer a maximum of eight players under 21 or older to other associations at any given time, and the same number may be loaned in. These new regulations were implemented by FIFA on July 1 and entered into effect on the same date. The legislation is in effect for one year; the number of foreign loans is reduced to seven in the 2023/24 season and six on July 1, 2024.
As Swansea City and Cardiff are Welsh clubs and fall under the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Wales, even after playing in the Championship, they are given a disadvantage, as the report claims that Arsenal was open to sending Trusty to Cardiff but opted not to use a foreign loan in that position and instead sent him to Birmingham. According to reports, two more loan targets for Cardiff have failed due to the verdict.
Last season, Swansea received loan players from Liverpool, Manchester United, and Manchester City in the form of Rhys Williams, Ethan Laird, and Finley Burns. In contrast, Cardiff received Tommy Doyle from Pep Guardiola.
Marc Guehi, Conor Gallagher, and Rhian Brewster earned their place in South Wales before being transferred for a profit by their home clubs or competing for a first-team spot. Welsh clubs have supplied successful loans to Premier League clubs in recent years.