Swansea City have been linked with a loan move for Chelsea striker Loic Remy, but the Welsh club cannot actually seal a move for the Frenchman as it would breach Premier League rules.
Newcastle and Swansea in talks to sign Loic Remy on loan from Chelsea. Clubs in Italy & Spain also interested. Was at Newcastle on loan 2013
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 25, 2017
Swansea have previously been linked with a move for Remy, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace and is not part of Antonio Conte’s plans at Stamford Bridge.
Reports emerged on Friday afternoon that the Swans were again in for Remy, and that they were rivalling Newcastle when it came to securing the striker’s services on a temporary basis.
However, top-flight rules forbid Swansea from pulling off a loan swoop for the 30-year-old.
A Premier League club cannot have more than one player on loan from another top-flight outfit at any given time.
Swansea already have a Chelsea player on loan in the form of teenage striker Tammy Abraham, and the rule also stymied their hopes of signing Blues midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the 2017-18 season.
In the Premier League handbook section regarding loans or ‘temporary transfers’, regulation V.7.5 reads:
“The maximum number of temporary transfers to any One club registrable in the same Season shall be four and in no circumstances shall more than one be from the same Transferor Club at any one time save there shall be excluded from these numbers any Temporary Transfer of the kind described in V.7.6.1 or V.7.6.2.”
Those subsequent sections state that only making a loan permanent would allow another temporary move from the same transferring club, or the temporary transfer of a goalkeeper would be granted if the circumstances are considered “exceptional”.
It makes no allowances for a player’s age, and solely governs deals between Premier League clubs.
For example, Sunderland have signed both Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway on loan from Everton, but as the Black Cats are a Championship club that is allowed.
Swansea are closing in on the signing of their former striker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City. They could, of course, sign Remy permanently if they so wished.