Premier League clubs have been warned by the FA that their ability to sign overseas players will be hugely impacted in the upcoming January transfer window unless they retract their demands to sign young, exciting talent from across the globe.

FA bosses say that the clubs’ demands would “destroy the pipeline of talent for the England teams. The FA must submit its model for recruitment of overseas players to the government by the end of this month, ready for the January window opening and a post-Brexit world.

FA chairman Greg Clarke has sent a letter to all 20 Premier League clubs, raising concerns about the stand-off between the league and the governing body. The letter, which has been seen by The Times , states that unless the deadlock can be broken, “the current system for non-Europeans will apply to everyone and that would be hugely restrictive for clubs’ access to players.”

Under the current regulations, non-EU players must have played between 30 per cent and 75 per cent of their country’s international matches over a fixed period, but that depends on the nation’s FIFA ranking.

The FA has proposed a detailed points system to determine if foreign players can receive a governing body endorsement [GBE] to play in Britain. Points would be awarded for meeting a variety of criteria including the transfer fee itself, wages, club appearances, related to the club’s performance, as well as youth and full international caps.

Premier League clubs believe that the bar is being set far too high, though. They have modelled the proposed points system and say that 40 per cent of non-homegrown players registered in the league - around 120 players - would not have qualified.

Had the points system been in place all the way back in 2014, for instance, Liverpool winger Sadio Mane would not have been allowed to finalise a switch from Red Bull Salzburg to Southampton. That is because the Austrian league scores lower points than other leagues and Senegal, who are Mane’s national team, less than Spain or Brazil, for example.

The clubs also say that the system would allow either of Borussia Dortmund duo Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho to move to the Bundesliga as promising teenagers but would prevent Premier League clubs recruiting their equivalents from Germany.

Negotiations have been taking place for more than two years, but differences of opinion remain as the deadline for a decision edges closer. The letter distributed by Clarke states that the Premier League wants overseas players to receive points for the selling club’s performances, even if they have not played a game.

Clarke wrote: “The Home Office is quite clear that a player must play to get points, so this will simply not be possible.

“[The league] have also requested we include substantial points scored for youth internationals; but the Home Office is not supportive as these players are not internationally established at the highest level.

“For example, in the proposal a single youth international appearance [for a leading European country] would give the same points as Mohamed Salah receives for his entire Egypt career. That will not be accepted by government.”

Clarke says that the FA would negotiate the total points needed to allow a player to be signed if the league brings in rule changes to protect homegrown, English talent.

Premier League clubs insist that, even with the current access they have to talent, 70 per cent of players at Under-21 level are home-grown. They say Brexit is already going to have an impact, ensuring that English clubs lose the FIFA exemption to recruit 16 and 17-year-old's from European nations.

In the current negotiations, clubs have made some concessions around the loan system. Among home grown Under-21 players, there are plans to bring in a much more flexible system of short-term loans so that players are not stuck until the next transfer window opening.

As well as that, there would also be a greater financial incentive for lower-league clubs to field those loan players.

Clubs have been arguing that restricting overseas talent will dilute the competitiveness of the development system, arguing that the EPPP academies are working for the national team in producing more technical players.

However, the letter written by Clarke to clubs says that the safeguards for home-grown players need to be more stringent.

“Overall the changes that are requested to our model relate predominantly to young, unproven players and would have virtually no impact on first-team signings,” Clarke continued.

“We appreciate that there could be cost savings for clubs in being able to sign players before they are established, if they then develop to valuable assets, but we believe that providing the additional access requested would have a detrimental effect on the development of home-grown players. These changes would create the risk of the market being flooded by unproven talent, which is exactly what the GBE is designed to prevent.

“Let me be frank. This is predominately a trade-off between the economic benefits to the Premier League of being able to sign young players from around the globe cheaply before they establish their reputations, set against developing local young players and providing them the chance to play elite level football.

“We have consistently said that we would be willing to lobby government to provide you with additional access to unproven talent if league safeguards could be put in place which ensure the development of and opportunities for young homegrown talent, but no relevant safeguards have been offered to us in two years of discussions.

“If we are unable to agree any new changes, we will submit our current system to the Home Office for implementation in the January transfer window. We simply can’t agree to changes that could, if unchecked, destroy the pipeline of talent for the England teams.”

With the FA and Premier League at odds with each other, it is possible that both parties could submit separate ideas to government at the end of the month.