Michael Brown has expressed his concerns about what FIFA’s confirmed plans mean for overseas loanees like Leeds United duo Jean-Kevin Augustin and Illan Meslier.
The ex-Elland Road star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes clubs like the Whites may encounter problems when it comes to loan deals involving foreign clubs.
In a series of recommendations and guidelines published by FIFA on Tuesday, it is proposed that “contracts be extended until such time that the season does actually end,” and that contracts scheduled to start next season should be delayed accordingly.
Following the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19 at all levels of football, FIFA has worked on a series of recommendations & guidelines to address some key practical issues re: player contracts & the transfer system.
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) April 7, 2020
Brown believes the proposals will be fine for deals done between clubs from the same country, but fears for agreements with foreign sides, including the Augustin and Meslier deals.
The duo signed from RB Leipzig and Lorient respectively on loan-to-buy deals but Brown is concerned problems may arise due to leagues starting and finishing at different times.
“I think in this country it’s sort of going to take care of itself,” Brown told Football Insider.
“Common sense will come into sense regarding the timings. The issues they’ve got is if we see teams in another country, who have loaned out players, already starting their seasons before England.
“If their seasons have finished and they’re going into another one, that’s where we could see some crossover and a touch of difficulty.”
Meslier joined Leeds on a season-long loan deal last summer and had taken his place among the starting XI prior to the Championship lockdown.
Augustin meanwhile arrived in the January transfer window but has just three substitute appearances under his belt.
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