Due to an impending rule change, starting in 2018 the deadline for player acquisitions by Premier League teams will be set before the start of the season. Several English clubs will meet and finalize the proposal in September.
It is believed that the new rules will make it so that Premier League clubs can no longer register new players after the start of the season, but sales to foreign clubs will continue to be allowed past that point.
The proposal makes sense for the league and has already earned public support from Paul Clement and Jurgen Klopp, whose respective teams are still in the midsts of transfer sagas for their star players.
If this measure applied to the current season, the implications for Leicester could have been significant. While it would hopefully have prompted swifter negation processes (looking at you Kelechi), it would have removed at least one suitor for Riyad Mahrez in Arsenal. This would likely mean that he would either be sold to Roma or remain with LCFC.
It would also have prevented Leicester from signing Gylfi Sigurdsson, which is definitely still a thing and not just a rumor that died weeks ago.
And as my fellow Fosse Posse writer Jake mentioned, it will also save us all from the pain of purchasing a player’s shirt, only for him to be sold weeks later. In the meantime, however, I’d advise that nobody purchase a Mahrez or Tom Lawrence jersey.