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
— R (@Totooo_18) 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…
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.
Tottenham should elevate reported interest in Leicester City protege Demari Gray
The 21-year-old could become a superstar if nurtured properly.
Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly interested in the possibility of signing Leicester City‘s attacking protege Demari Gray a few months back, according to reports from ESPN. And after a fruitless period in the search for attacking reinforcements, Mauricio Pochettino should revive his interest in sorting a deal.
Gray contributed four goals and three assists in 30 Premier League appearances last term, and is currently the captain of the England U21 squad. But he is likely to evaluate his future with the Foxes this summer, due to his lack of regular game-time. And Tottenham seems a great fit for the winger.
Spurs have pursued multiple attacking targets since the window commenced, without gathering any real traction on any of their targets, and it seems Pochettino – for once – is more concerned with making a marquee signing, than bringing in a player with the scope to develop and grow into a top player at White Hart Lane.
Talks for Anthony Martial, Christian Pulisic and Ivan Perisic have all stalled in recent times, and a move for the Leicester City man could be just the ticket for Spurs. He brings all the attributes they’re currently looking for; blistering pace, exceptional balance, end product, a cool head and notably the ability to hit an absolute cracker if awarded space.
If he reaches his peak under the guidance of Pochettino, which is more likely than not given his immense talent, the player could double in market-value and could become a key player for the Lilywhites for years to come.
Celtic boost as Leicester City pull out of race for Patrick Roberts
The winger could stay at Parkhead beyond the summer, after the latest events.
The winger looked set to depart Parkhead, come the end of his loan, as part of an exchange deal with Premier League champions Manchester City for Leicester City superstar Riyad Mahrez, but the report claims the Foxes have ended negotiations with City.
James Maddison has been confirmed at the King Power Stadium on a five-year deal today, via the official club website, effectively ending their interest in Roberts, as the two operate in similar areas.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) June 20, 2018
The news will have come as a surprise to fans of the Scottish champions, as Brendan Rodgers was all but resigned to the prospect of Roberts leaving this summer. But it now looks as though he could be spending a third-consecutive season in Glasgow.
The 21-year-old is unlikely to be made a permanent addition this summer, with the Leicester Mercury reporting that the player is currently valued at £15 million, which, without serious out-goings isn’t a realistic prospect for the Bhoys.
Rodgers will now hope he can convince Roberts to stay beyond the summer on loan, to remain as a key-part of the outfit as they begin their title defence. And the Manchester City man may have to accept if alternate suitors fail to make enquiries and he wishes to continue playing regularly.
Forgotten Leicester City man Yohan Benalouane will hope to keep England at bay this evening
The 31-year-old Leicester defender will hope to start for Tunisia.
England take on Tunisia this evening in their opening World Cup fixture. Whilst not many names on The Eagles of Carthage team-sheet will ring a bell there are some familiar faces. Sunderland fans will know all too well the talents of attacker Wahbi Khazri, who still remains a Black Cat.
Leicester City fans will, however, be forgiven for forgetting that one of the Tunisia players is still at the King Power. Yohan Benalouane will be hoping to make just his fifth appearance for the Tunisia national team against England this evening.
Born in France the 31-year-old had been called up by Tunisia two times previously. However, his form at Parma and Atalanta saw him on the cusp of a French call-up and he always turned down the nation of his heritage. Until March, when he finally decided to accept the call and become a Tunisian international.
Now he is fighting for his place in the starting XI, something he is used to with Leicester.
Signed from Atalanta in a deal rumoured to be worth £5.6 million he arrived on the same day as N’Golo Kante. Whilst the latter went on to help Leicester claim the title, the Tunisian has had a far less impressive run with the Foxes.
He barely featured in Leicester’s title-winning campaign, spending an unsuccessful spell on loan at Fiorentina in the second half of the campaign. His game time was so minimal he did not receive a winner’s medal.
The following season he was initially not given a squad number but he was brought in from the cold by new manager Craig Shakespeare.
But this season has again been a struggle for Benalouane. He played just one game in the Premier League last season, a 2-0 loss against West Ham in May.
Tonight his place in the starting XI, much like his Foxes team-mates and England stars Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy, is up for debate. But he will be chomping at the bit to keep England quiet and prove a point to his parent club Leicester ahead of another season at the King Power.