How Arsenal, Chelsea and West Ham will be affected by Premier League loan rule
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Recently, clubs in the Premier League took a vote to determine whether teams will be able to loan players from affiliated clubs - while most of them voted against it, the notion was nonetheless passed.
This could have ramifications for some London clubs in England's top divisions - however, for others, it could bring benefits. First of all, let's see how clubs in the Premier League voted in regard to the ban.
How did Premier League teams vote?
The only London club who voted against the ban was Chelsea. Manchester City, Newcastle, Sheffield United, Everton, Wolves and Nottingham Forest all voted against the ban. While the remainder of the teams in the Premier League voted in favour of the ban, this was not enough to reach the two-thirds majority that would have been necessary to block it.
Will London clubs benefit from this?
The verdict could benefit Chelsea - their owners, BlueCo (led by Todd Boehly), purchased a majority stake in RC Strasbourg in Ligue 1 in June of this year. Additionally, Crystal Palace could also take advantage of the ruling, as their owners also own Lyon.
The Premier League clubs that will benefit the most from this are Newcastle United and Manchester City, as their owners also have stakes in teams that play in the Saudi Pro League.
The Magpies, in particular, will be able to loan players from clubs owned by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, such as Al-Ittihad, Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal, and Al-Ahli. On top of this, should Jim Ratcliffe successfully take over Manchester United, they will be able to loan players from OGC Nice.
No other clubs in London have owners that also own other major clubs, however - as such, it will not be beneficial to the likes of Arsenal, Fulham, Brentford, Tottenham and West Ham.