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Official: FIGC Recognises Players from the UK As Equivalent To EU As AC Milan Stand To Gain

This gives the club more flexibility and gains two crucial spots back for Tomori and Loftus-Cheek.

AC Milan Training Session Photo by Claudio Villa/AC Milan via Getty Images

The FIGC have officially announced a move to recognise English and Swiss players as the equivalent to EU citizens from the current 2023/24 season. This is a significant move for Serie A clubs who would have usually lost non-EU spots as a result. In the case of AC Milan, this makes Ruben Loftus-Cheek who was signed from Chelsea FC this summer no longer takes up a non-EU spot in the club which allows Milan to pursue one more player who does not hold a European passport if needed. Fikayo Tomori who holds English and Canadian citizenship will also now not occupy a non-EU spot going forward. The rule was previously applied to Swiss citizens hence the signing of Noah Okafor did not affect the non-EU spots regardless.

Milan are only able to register a maximum of two non-EU players this summer regardless of departures. It was expected that a sale of a non-EU players was required to be able to register Chukwueze but this is no longer the case as Loftus-Cheek has not taken the first spot. If Milan want to sign another non-EU player after this, they will have to sell or loan out one of the existing non-EU players on the roster.

The current non-EU players on Milan’s roster going forward are:

  • Marko Lazetic - Serbia
  • Devis Vasquez - Colombia
  • Rade Krunic - Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Junior Messias - Bazil
  • Samuel Chukwueze - Nigeria (should be announced this week).