River Plate midfielder Santiago Sosa has been discussing his failed move to Everton last summer.
As reported by Ole, Everton had agreed a £13 million fee for the Argentina under-20 international and a deal seemed to be in the offing.
However, the deal seemed to continually sit in limbo, with little progress being made over a number of weeks.
In the end, it was confirmed that the deal was off. As reported by La Pagina Millonaria, his UK work permit application had been denied and an attempt to earn an EU passport through heritage had failed.
Sosa, who had been identified as a potential recruit by Marcel Brands’ scouting team in South America, is now focusing on his football with the Argentine giants but is clearly still disappointed to have missed out on this European move.
“The Everton thing was something very concrete,” Sosa is quoted as telling TNT Sports. “It did not happen because I did not have European citizenship to go. It hurt me that it failed, but now I have changed my mentality, and I’m happy in River.”
Everton have since moved on from such interest, instead changing transfer strategy to sign already established talents like Allan and James Rodriguez.
Sosa, meanwhile, has established himself as a regular member of the River Plate first-team squad, even if he does struggle to play as a regular starter.
With that in mind, Everton might feel they are not missing out too much on a player clearly full of talent but perhaps not yet ready for a move to Europe.
For now, Sosa will continue to give his all to River and perhaps hope to earn a move elsewhere in Europe, with less stringent entry requirements, in the near future.