Free agent players could start to move again in the summer as Premier League clubs begin to assess how to re-sign them.
It has been suggested the league could re-open its free agency window after a two-year hiatus, meaning players can begin to leave.
However, it is understood that, after the Premier League’s current collective bargaining agreement expires in 2021, the option of free agency could not be used.
The two-and-a-half year window for free agency was first introduced in the 1990s and lasted until the 2014 World Cup, but it was reduced to a maximum of one season in order to ease the burden on clubs.
The Premier League is in the process of revising its regulations to allow for the reopening of the window, but this is yet to be approved by the governing body.