Can January transfers play in the Champions League knockouts and when are new squads confirmed? Chelsea can register Joao Felix but other new arrivals face exile after revamp

    Premier League teams are busy adding to their ranks to cope with an all-action schedule for the second half of the season.

    Domestic football in England has been forced to cram in games following the one-month break for the World Cup in December.

    Felix can take part in Chelsea’s Champions League push

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    Felix can take part in Chelsea’s Champions League push

    He has already featured in Europe this season for Atletico Madrid

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    He has already featured in Europe this season for Atletico Madrid

    Unlike recent years, there will no winter break this season and top-flight clubs have turned to the transfer market to deal with the increased demands.

    Chelsea have been the most active so far, with the £30million capture of PSV Eindhoven star Noni Madueke their sixth signing this month.

    But the Blues won’t be able to register all of those new players in their squad for the Champions League knockout stages.

    Here, talkSPORT.com runs through the new rules and regulations for January signings hoping to impress in Europe.

    Champions League 2022/23: What are the rules on January signings?

    In all three of UEFA’s competitions; Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League, teams can register a maximum of three new eligible players before the knockouts.

    Fortunately for Chelsea, one of those can still be Joao Felix despite the fact that the forward played for Atletico Madrid in the group stages.

    Since 2018/19, UEFA’s relaxed rules removed cup-tying players, which means it no longer matters whether Felix has already played in the competition for another team, even if his parent club Atleti were still in Europe – which they are not.

    But Chelsea do only have one spot available for a non-homegrown player in their Champions League squad for the knockouts.

    That means that in order to fit in Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile and whomever else they sign other players will need to be removed.

    Premier League squads in Champions League

    Tottenham – Squad size (25 MAX)

    Notable admissions: None

    New signings: None

    Chelsea – Squad size (24)

    Notable admissions: None

    New signings: Noni Madueke, Mykhailo Mudryk, Andrey Santos, Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana and Joao Felix

    Liverpool – Squad size (24)

    Notable admissions: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita

    New signings: Cody Gakpo

    Manchester City – Squad size (21)

    Notable admissions: None

    New signings: None

    Gakpo is set to be added to Liverpool’s European squad

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    Gakpo is set to be added to Liverpool’s European squad

    Champions League 2022/23: When will new squads be confirmed?

    Premier League clubs first submitted their squads for European group stages at the start of the season.

    The 25-man list must include at least two goalkeepers and eight homegrown players, with the rest filled at the club’s discretion.

    However, every team that advances to the knockout stages are allowed to make alterations for new players, removing players that have since left the club or adding players returning from long injuries.

    For example, Liverpool omitted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita for the group stages but both could now return following their re-introduction to Jurgen Klopp’s team in recent weeks.

    Premier League teams will need to submit their updated squads for the knockouts to UEFA by 11pm UK time, Thursday February 2.

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