After what seemed like an excellent transfer deadline day for Leicester City, keeping hold of Riyad Mahrez and Demarai Gray and locating Danny Drinkwater’s replacement, things have now hit a snag.
The Leicester Mercury reported late on Tuesday evening that a proposed move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva has now stalled, with FIFA not sanctioning Leicester’s registration documents.
And in the latest update on Wednesday morning, BBC Sport claim that Leicester’s application to register Silva has been rejected – with the Premier League side missing the deadline by just 14 seconds.
The Foxes had agreed a £22 million move for the Portuguese international late on deadline day, needing to request a two-hour extension to ensure all of the necessary paperwork was completed.
Last night, a spokesperson for Leicester City said: “We are working with Adrien and Sporting Clube de Portugal to overcome some issues relating to the player’s registration and exploring all options to find a resolution.”
The 28-year-old has made 20 appearances for Portugal, playing a vital role in their 2016 European Championship winning side, and it’ll now come as a huge blow that he’s unable to feature until January.
And it’s fair to say that Leicester fans weren’t too pleased…
— Chris Durning (@rtisantraveller) September 6, 2017
Sounds like amateur hour regarding Adrien Silva transfer to Leicester from Sporting
— Olly Foster (@OllyFoster) September 5, 2017
Unable to believe they missed out by 14 seconds…
Right I've firmed it up…FIFA have indeed rejected Adrien Silva registration, Leicester appealing. They missed the deadline by 14 SECONDS.
— Steve Crossman (@Steve_Crossman) September 6, 2017
So, UEFA rejected Adrien Silva's move to Leicester for being 14 SECONDS late. Wow, this is football. #PremierLeague.
— Josh Slack (@JoshSlackSport) September 6, 2017
Some people took aim at FIFA…
They allow World Cups to be held in Russia and Qatar but can't let him play because some paperwork wasn't signed at 11 o'clock, scandalous.
— Michael Cantwell (@mickycantwell) September 5, 2017
Yet they won't investigate psg. What a joke
— Oli #Lcfc (@lcfc_oli) September 5, 2017
— Craig (@CraigThomasEarl) September 5, 2017
— ? (@WorldclassWes) September 5, 2017
— Ryan?? (@TotoRyan69) September 5, 2017
Whilst some blamed the club for doing their business so late in the day…
— Peter Timmins (@petertimmins21) September 6, 2017
— Pillsy (@pilsymarch) September 5, 2017
Hate to say it but the Danny Drinkwater/Adrien Silva 'transfer' has been quite the farce. Not the club's finest hour at all.
— Jason Bourne ? (@JasonBourne1986) September 5, 2017
Classic Leicester City… sign Adrien Silva to replace Drinkwater, but sign him so late that he can't play officially until January anyway
— Jack (@jackskellett_) September 6, 2017
Others, however, believe they already have a new midfield maestro in the wings…
— Harry Maguire fan (@jaker9591) September 5, 2017
Midfielders last season
Dont panic #lcfc
— ??AdLCFC?? (@ajwatchLCFC) September 6, 2017
Calm the frig down. Ndidi, James, and Iborra have this covered.
And to all you Doom & Gloomers…"Be Gone!" pic.twitter.com/DFBodSAAAT
— Glenn-Foxile, Canada (@gloriousglenn) September 5, 2017
What do you think Leicester fans? Will Silva’s absence be a big blow? Let us know.