Premier League and EFL clubs in talks over compensation deal for academy stars with new transfer rules set to spark battle for the bes
Premier League and EFL clubs in talks over compensation deal for academy stars with new transfer rules set to spark battle for the best young talent
- Teams will be unable to sign foreign talent until they turn 18 in post-Brexit era
- Manchester United among clubs to boost domestic youth scouting network
- Wayne Rooney’s 11-year-old son Kai recently signed a contract at Man United
Premier League and EFL clubs are locked in talks as they look to guarantee financial protection amid concerns new transfer regulations will see their academies stripped of players.
English football’s stakeholders have agreed a new set of conditions for the recruitment of overseas players during the post-Brexit era, one of which is a ban on signing foreign talent until they turn 18.
The new laws have raised substantial concerns from clubs that their youth set-ups will be raided for their leading talent given the country’s elite clubs turn their attentions to domestic transfers.
Wayne Rooney’s 11-year-old son Kai recently signed a contract at Manchester United
Sportsmail understands that Manchester United, Everton, Chelsea and Brighton are among the Premier League clubs who have invested in improving their domestic youth scouting network ahead of the new transfer regulations, that kick in for next month’s transfer window.
Clubs are already looking at signing up their best teenagers to scholarship contracts as early as Under-13 level with guaranteed professional deals tied in.
Another idea that has been mooted is the introduction of a graded compensation scale which would see a selling club assured of a set fee according to what criteria the player has reached, with a premium on the very best youngsters.
Liverpool signed 15-year-old midfielder Calum Scanlon from Birmingham City this week
Clubs that fall into category two and three academies in the Elite Player Performance Plan are bracing themselves for increased interest from category one academies given the restrictions on signing foreign talent.
Indeed, many of the category two and three academies fear they are almost powerless to prevent their youngster leaving but those clubs want to ensure they can maximise their financial gain for losing their best kids.
The Secret Scout, a social media expert on youth football, told Sportsmail: ‘With Brexit preventing English clubs from recruiting the best from Europe at 16-18, the attention will turn to players aged 14-16 in the UK. The scouting in the UK will be intense.
‘The search is definitely on to find the best players before others do.’