Premier League clubs will find British players in demand and more expensive on transfer deadline day, with last minute foreign signings more difficult than ever to close.
Sky Sports News He spoke to a prominent football agent and sports lawyer, both of whom have handled several high-profile transfers, and firmly agree that – with coronavirus restrictions on top of that – the climate has never been difficult for British clubs to do of late. things.
As a result, they believe Britain’s top clubs will try to “buy the British” if they make late offers, rather than sue foreign players – unless a lot of action is done.
“I know of a Premier League club who pulled out of a deal to sign a German player today because they believe there is no way to complete the necessary formalities and documentation on time,” the agent said. Sky Sports News.
“There was still a full 36 hours to go.
Club purchase options are limited at this point in the window. Since Brexit, every foreign player – including those based in Europe – requires a visa to enter and work in the UK.
“But you cannot apply for a visa from the UK [unless you are applying to renew an existing visa]. Therefore, we have seen many examples where a player has to travel to the UK for a medical examination and then leave the country again to apply for a visa.
“On the day of the transfer deadline, it is highly unlikely that anything will be done in record time, especially since players and their representatives will have to take a coronavirus test for international travel.”
The consensus is that if clubs try to fill certain gaps in their squad, there could be a rush of more readily available UK players.
The agent goes on to say that this is why so many transactions in this transfer period have seen players perform medical checks abroad – to save the player from having to travel to the UK and then leave.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a great example,” he explains. “When a move to Manchester United or Manchester City seemed likely, he flew from Italy to Lisbon. This is where United sent their doctors to complete the medical, instead of Ronaldo traveling directly to Manchester.”
There are further complications due to the UK’s strict coronavirus rules, which means players may have to go into a quarantine period before they can move freely, train and play matches.
The best sports lawyer explained to Sky Sports News The process required to enter into an agreement, is as follows:
- Once the clubs agree the fees, the foreign player can travel to the UK for a medical examination (as long as it complies with UK Covid regulations).
- That player must then leave the UK and apply to the FA for ‘Governing Body Approval’ (this will be evaluated based on the team and country they are from, appearances, international matches, etc.).
- The purchased club can then issue a Certificate of Sponsorship, which the player can use online with the GBE to apply for a “Tier 2 Athlete Visa”.
- If and when this order is granted, they can return to the UK to complete the transaction.
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