This is the big impact Brexit could have on Portsmouth's finances and transfers

This is the big impact Brexit could have on Portsmouth's finances and transfersThis is the big impact Brexit could have on Portsmouth's finances and transfers
This is the big impact Brexit could have on Portsmouth's finances and transfers | Getty Images
The United Kingdom has exited the European Union – but what could it mean for Portsmouth FC?


Brexit will naturally affect transfers, especially when it comes to the Blues trying to sign players from overseas.

Without free movement, EU nationals like Republic of Ireland international Ronan Curtis will now require a work permit to play in England. However, in Curtis' case, the 23-year-old was born in London and is entitled to a British passport, if he hasn't got one already!

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Meanwhile, previous rule caveat to the transfer rules which govern 16 to 18-year-olds and allowed them to switch between nations in the EU will be rendered defunct for teams in England.

That means the Pompey won’t be able to recruit youngsters like Petar Durin from overseas as easily have they done in the past, and may focus clubs’ minds on developing local talent.

Teenage goalkeeper Durin is Croatian and joined the Blues for an undisclosed fee from Serie A side Atalanta in June 2018.


Top-flight clubs are also set to find there are extra hurdles in their way when it comes to bringing in players - which could, in turn, see them turn to lower league clubs to bring in domestic youngsters rather than overseas equivalents.

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The outcome of the referendum forces the Premier League to navigate a path through the tricky terrain, with the EFL likely to follow suit.


This has been a concern for many clubs - and one which Burnley chairman Mike Garlick believes may come to fruition.

In an interview with the BBC, he suggested that Brexit could ‘threaten to make the widening inequality gap in our top division even worse’, meaning the chances of a club breaking into the top six of the Premier League could become even slimmer.

That would likely have a knock-on impact down the top division and into the Championship, League One, League Two, National League and so on...


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A concern has arisen around the British-born players employed by European clubs in places like Italy, Germany, France and Spain.

Gareth Bale at Real Madrid is one high profile example, alongside Kieran Trippier at Atletico Madrid and Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.

But there's also lower-profile stars like Leon Maloney, who departed Fratton Park last week to sign for Dutch side FC FC Volendam and his former academy team-mate Joe Dandy, who has linked up with Finnish side Pallo-lirot following his Pompey release last month.

A no-deal Brexit could make it more difficult for individuals to make the move to an EU country due to the increased paperwork that is anticipated due to the probable need for work permits.


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Former Cardiff boss Neil Warnock, however, feels Brexit could have some positive implications for teams in England.

'I can’t wait to get out of it, if I’m honest,' he said.

'I think we’ll be far better out of the bloody thing. In every aspect.

'Football-wise as well, absolutely. To hell with the rest of the world