Everton’s bid to sign Santiago Sosa is currently stagnant. As reported by Ole in Sosa’s Argentine homeland, the Toffees have agreed a £13 million deal with River Plate to sign the talented midfielder.
However, La Pagina Millonaria is now suggesting a passport issue is holding up the deal. Sosa stands little chance of receiving a work permit to play for Everton. Therefore, he has been seeking an EU passport through his European ancestry.
That appears to be taking some time but Everton are right to not sign Sosa without first securing his ability to play in the UK.
Everton have previously done that with Henry Onyekuru. As reported by the BBC, Everton paid KAS Eupen £7 million for the Nigerian in 2017.
However, he did not yet have a work permit so was allowed to join Anderlecht on loan.
Everton were confident that Onyekuru would soon be a regular for Nigeria and would be available a year later. That did not prove the case. Injury saw him miss the World Cup and remain ineligible for a UK work permit.
Onyekuru ended up at Galatasaray on another loan deal last season and actually thrived in Turkey.
The situation with Onyekuru has worked out for Everton. Again, a work permit seems unlikely but he has impressed on his loan spells so the Toffees can sell at a profit.
However, had he struggled, Everton would be stuck with a £7 million investment that was eligible to play for the club.
Risking a similar scenario with Sosa does not seem to be a wise idea. With that in mind, Everton are right to push for an EU passport for the talented midfielder.