World soccer governing body FIFA has directed that clubs extend contracts of their players until at least the leagues are completed.
The directive will also see some alterations with the transfer period, as the world grapples to contain the virus.
So, what will this latest directive mean to most clubs and players?
Players out on loan will have to extend their time at their current clubs until the season is officially concluded.
In cases of new signings, like Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech, will have to wait for longer before joining his new teammates.
Other players whose contracts expired at the end of the campaign might find themselves extending their time with clubs for a short period to accommodate the changes.
Chelsea have four players whose contracts run out at the end of the season and they are;
- Pedro Rodriguez
- Olivier Giroud
- Willy Caballero
It means the four will have to stay until the end of the season, whenever that may be, but they will be forced to adjust their days.
There are a number of players out on loan including Danny Drinkwater, Tiémoué Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta, who will all be forced to wait before knowing their next moves.
The Gunners have a number of players out on loan, while they also benefited from three players on loan, who arrived in the last two transfer windows.
- William Saliba
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan
- Dani Ceballos
- Pablo Mari
- Cedric Soares
Saliba was bought and loaned back to Saint-Etienne on a year-long loan, but will now have to be patient until all this clears before joining his new teammates.
Dani Ceballos, who has enjoyed a good start to life in the Premier League, save for a few injuries, will have a decision to make on his future once his contract ends on June 30th.
🔴 Manchester United
The Manchester club signed Odion Ighalo on loan in January, with the striker making an immediate impact and helping the side cope with Marcus Rashford's absence.
They also have a number of players out on loan, whom, just like the rest of the teams will have to wait for longer before knowing their fate.
- Alexis Sanchez
- Marcos Rojo
- Chris Smalling
- Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
Sanchez and Smalling will have to remain in Italy until the Serie A is completed, while Rojo, who returned to Estudiantes too will have to wait until the Argentine League is over.