The vote and decision for Great Britain to leave the European Union (EU) will have a huge effect on the Premier League in terms of buying international players from European countries within the EU.
Stars like N’Golo Kante, Dimitri Payet and Anthony Martial would not have been eligible to join the respective clubs if the decision to leave the EU had been made previous to their move.
Currently, players from countries in the EU are free to work in the UK without the need of a work permit. However, that is all about to change following the vote to leave. It is unlikely to take effect for a couple of years whilst the details of the change are ironed out.
Last season, 432 European players were registered in the Premier League and they will not be asked to leave but any players in the future that want to play in England will not have the automatic right to enter and play in the Premier League.
Keith Harris, an investment banker has overseen the buying of players for many Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea, is shocked by the decision to leave and is skeptical as to whether European players will want to join the Premier League from now on.
Harris spoke to Sky Sports News.
“It was a shock result. There are four players that we can reflect on and the impact they had on their clubs last year, who may not have been able to come in.
“Kante, who had a huge impact at Leicester, Martial at Manchester United, Lukaku at Everton and Payet at West Ham.
“I wonder how attractive the Premier League would have been and how well those clubs would have done without those specific players, and that’s the kind of thing we are now speculating about.”