With our deal to bring Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista hanging in the balance due to work permit regulations, Arsene Wenger has voiced his opinions on the rules and claims they should be scrapped, according to BBC.
The restrictions for non-EU players state that only those with a certain number of international appearances are eligible for a work permit, and the French manager revealed that he has been stung by the rule on more than one occasion.
Currently a player who is not in possession of a European passport has to be an international from a country ranked within Fifa’s top 70, and must have played 75 percent of their matches in the last two years.
Wenger believes this rule should be abolished, and the doors should be let open to any player.
“Ideally it would open completely, and anyone could come in,” he said.
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“You could close completely the borders of the country and play only with English players. What will that do? That will kill the attractiveness of the Premier League worldwide.
“The second option is to say ‘look we have the best league in the world, so let’s produce the best players in the world’.”
With Paulista yet to have made a single appearance for Brazil, we have to convince the Home Office that the 24-year-old is an “exceptional talent”.
The FA are looking to reduce the number of foreign players currently plying their trade in England. However, while there is an argument that this could benefit the national team, it is likely to see the Premier League fall behind the other top leagues in Europe.