Under new regulations being proposed for the Champions League, top European clubs could be prohibited from signing players from each other.
Following the organization’s 25th General Assembly, Andrea Agnelli, chairman of the European Clubs’ Association (ECA), was asked about the possibility of capping player salaries and agent fees.
Agnelli, who is also the chairman of Juventus, has suggested that the transfer market be reformed to improve European football’s competitive balance.
“Now is a good time to dream of bigger ideas,” he said. “A broad variety of reforms should be considered.
“We might consider a two-tiered intern scheme, with clubs eligible for different levels of interns.
“We might consider a two-tier transfer structure, in which teams qualifying for different levels of international competition are not permitted to buy players from each other.
“This would boost indirect solidarity with other clubs and eliminate the possibility of triple-figure transfers among Champions League clubs. This is what we’re talking about.”
The ECA also addressed the possibility of a 36-team Champions League starting in 2024.
The group stage will be altered, with all teams playing ten matches against opponents with different abilities.
Clubs are currently divided into eight groups of four, with each group playing six games.
The new system’s results would be combined to create an aggregate table that would decide the knockout stages.
It has yet to be determined how the four extra spots will be distributed, but England will gain from a fifth spot.
Agnelli said he expects the specifics to be worked out in the coming weeks, after which it will be sent to UEFA for approval.