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Infantino says overhaul of transfer rules is necessary for ‘transparency and clarity’

November 24 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to bring in new rules relating to the transfer system by next year.

Infantino told a press conference in Istanbul that there needs to be more clarity around the transfer process.

“We need to have some regulations which are more transparent, more clear,” Infantino said. “If you’re a club, you want to transfer a player, you have the money, you can do it. You don’t have the money, you don’t do it.

“We need to be clear because otherwise we live above our means and for this reason, we are now opening this debate. I hope that by next year we will be able to present a new set of rules which will put a bit more order and credibility in the transfer system.”

Earlier this month, after a lengthy campaign for better treatment of its members, the world players’ union FIFpro dropped its legal bid against FIFA to outlaw the current transfer system.

FIFA, FIFPro, the European Club Association and the World Leagues Forum reached an accord to work with FIFA’s new Football Stakeholders Committee, which includes the national FAs and confederations. Their first priority will be the creation of a task force to review the transfer system, starting in January. It will include the role of agents, transfer windows and the loan system.

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