What is a pre-contract and why can players only sign them with foreign clubs?

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN and Ashley Young both joined Inter Milan this month for relatively small fees.The pair were out of contract at Tottenham and Manchester United in the summer – and could have signed a pre-agreement with the Italian giants to join at the end of the season instead.2 Christian Eriksen joined Inter Milan from Tottenham this month, but could have moved for free in the summerCredit: ReutersBut what is a pre-contract, and can players only sign them with foreign clubs?What is a pre-contract?A pre-contract is an agreement between a player and a club committing to transfer the player’s registration once their contract at their current club has expired.Under the famous 1995 Bosman ruling, players can agree pre-contracts up to six months before the expiry of their contracts.Fifa regulations state: “A club intending to conclude a contract with a professional must inform the player’s current club in writing before entering into negotiations with him.”A professional shall only be free to conclude a contract with another club if his contract with his present club has expired or is due to expire within six months.”Any breach of this provision shall be subject to appropriate sanctions.”MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTO CATCH A CHEATFurious wife beats and strips her husband’s suspected mistress in the street – but crowd does nothingWORMS FEARSHas your child got threadworms? Here’s the symptoms – and how cure themTAKING THE PISSDisgusting man PEES from airport seat in front of shocked passengersMIND BLOWINGThe rudest hotel room sign ever? Optical illusion has internet in hystericsTEST ON ENTRYTourists arriving in Majorca and Ibiza may get coronavirus test at airportExclusiveBRIDE AND GLOOMInfamous Don’t Tell The Bride couple reveal what REALLY happens on the showCan Premier League players agree pre-contracts with other Premier League clubs?Premier League players can agree pre-contracts with any club in England, but only up to one month before the expiry of their current deals (effectively meaning pre-contracts can only be agreed at the end of a season).This is because domestic transfers are regulated by each country’s football associations rather than Fifa.The FA restrict pre-contracts between English clubs as they are keen to avoid any conflicts of interests should a player play against his future club.For this reason, the FA also bar players out on loan in England from playing against their parent clubs in domestic competition.2last_img read more