What Premier League 'related-party' vote could mean for Manchester United and Man City
Premier League clubs are due to meet on Tuesday to vote on a new rule that could impact the transfer plans of both Manchester United and Manchester City.
The vote centres around new proposals that will look to block January loan deals between associated clubs. It has come to the fore amid reports that Newcastle are looking to take Ruben Neves from Saudi Pro League Al-Hilal - both teams are majority-owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Premier League chiefs insist the measures are not a direct reaction to those reports, but a quick-fix option for the situation surrounding multi-club ownership models. Such approaches are becoming increasingly common and several top-flight English teams have so-called 'sister clubs'.
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Here's everything you need to know about the vote and what it may mean for City and United.
The vote will take place on Tuesday, November 21 and will centre around blocking loan deals between a Premier League club and a 'related party'. Should the rule come into place, it would only block incoming loans and it is expected to be a temporary measure ahead of a more long-term solution. 14 of the 20 clubs will need to approve the rule change for it to go ahead.
According to the Premier League's definition, a related party has “material influence over the club or an entity in the same group of companies as the club”. For example, City Football Group majority-own Manchester City, New York City, Girona FC and Melbourne City FC among others - these are all related parties.
United are not part of a multi-club model but Sir