Premier League clubs have been told that the futures of players whose contracts run out at the end of this season must be arranged by June 23, according to a report.
The standard date for the expiry of contracts is June 30 but the postponement of football across the continent has meant that campaigns – where they are allowed to – will run past that date.
However, last month FIFA granted the extension of contracts until the end of the current season and according to The Athletic, the Premier League wants players who are affected to have their situations resolved by June 30.
The source says that clubs have three options, one of them involving no new deal being offered to a player, who is able to play for any other club in the league from June 24.
Otherwise, clubs can offer a temporary contract worth the same monies which carries them through until midnight on the day of the team’s final match, or offer a new long-term deal.
There are a total of 67 Premier League players whose contracts are set to expire in June 30, including Manchester City midfielder David Silva and Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser.
It remains unclear whether the English top flight will get the go-ahead to resume, with several club chiefs voicing their opposition after it was made clear that the campaign must be finished at neutral venues.
Brighton chief executive Paul Barber warned that there is mounting opposition to the idea, after Aston Villa counterpart Christian Purslow aired his concerns earlier in the week.