Following Britain's exit from the European Union, the Liverpool Echo have released an interesting article involving their two biggest football clubs; Liverpool and Everton.
The report suggests that Britain's decision to vote Leave is set to have a major impact of the youth recruitment policy of both teams.
Indeed, a top sports lawyer has insisted that Brexit will hinder the clubs' chances of securing the best under-18s talent from teams on the continent.
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As it stands, players aged between 16 and 18 can move freely within the EU, but this could now be set to change as the FIFA rule - article 19 - will no longer apply to UK clubs.
Young players from Europe will now have to go through the same process as talent from outside of the EU, meaning work permits will have to be applied for.
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Ultimately, if that rule had been in place previously, the likes of Sergi Canos, Pedro Chirivella and Suso probably wouldn't be Liverpool players, while it's unlikely that the duo of Shkodran Mustafi, Francisco Junior wouldn't be involved in the Everton ranks.
Carol Couse, of Mills and Reeve - a law firm heavily involved in sport - claims: “The Article 19 exemption is fundamental to how UK clubs acquire young talented and cost-effective players.
“Investing heavily in talented under-18 players is the ultimate low-risk, high-reward strategy.
“Given the low cost of acquisition and the amount of money it would cost to acquire a high-calibre player on the transfer market, a club needs only a very small percentage of young players to develop into a successful professional footballer in order to see a positive return on its investment.
“Naturally, losing the Article 19 exception would have adverse consequences for UK clubs. It is crucial for clubs to sign talented players they have identified at the earliest possible occasion, so as to limit their acquisition costs and boost their profits in the event of a subsequent sale of a young talent they have developed.”
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