Atletico Madrid will have their hands tied going into this summer’s transfer window.
While the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis are unknown for the moment, what they do know is that the look of their squad is going to have to change.
As is stands, once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on January 1, 2021, Kieran Trippier will take up one of Atletico’s three non-EU spots.
That situation could change depending on what agreements are made between the UK and the EU before Brexit kicks in at the end of the year.
For the moment, Los Rojiblancos have to plan for every eventuality and one of them is having to manage another non-EU player.
Not only will one of the current three non-EU players in Diego Simeone’s squad have to leave, but Atletico won’t be able to sign another either.
The non-EU player most likely to leave is Santiago Arias, whose future is already being discussed, having fallen to third choice right-back.
The other two spots will be kept by Felipe Augusto and Renan Lodi, who both only arrived at the club last summer.
There is a chance that, after spending three years at Porto, Felipe can obtain Portuguese citizenship and vacate one of those non-EU places, but that won’t arrive straight away.