Sosa's agent reportedly flew to England this past week to conclude negotiations over a £13.5m deal and assist with the application for authorisation for the midfielder to play in England.
Gol de Vestuario tweeted earlier today, however, that Sosa has not been granted a permit and Olé suggest the move is on the brink of "collapse". This expected development could force Everton to loan him out initially like they have done with Henry Onyekuru until he has accrued enough international caps to qualify.
Sosa has still only appeared to Argentina's U20s but Marcel Brands has been sufficiently impressed with him to trigger his release clause to bring him to Europe.
Sosa's father appeared to suggest last week that his son was due to receive a European Union passport by the end of the year and, depending on Brexit, that could be the way for him to play in the Premier League.
Update Sosa's application for an EU passport remains in the balance and it appears as though Everton can appeal the decision by the Premier League to deny his work permit in the week of 17 June.
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1 Posted 08/06/2019 at 18:32:01
Do other clubs experience the same issues with Work Permits, or is it just us? We have had Henry Onyekuru on our books for two years now, well before MB was even with us, yet it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will get his sorted before the start of the new season.
2 Posted 08/06/2019 at 18:36:08
Either way, Sosa is one for the future, not necessarily for next season and while we're all hankering for the first signing of the summer, I'm very happy that Brands is looking at the best young global talent while also shopping for our immediate needs.
3 Posted 08/06/2019 at 18:42:06
4 Posted 08/06/2019 at 19:08:41
5 Posted 08/06/2019 at 19:32:37
So I suspect if that one too is to become a serious consideration, there will be similar problems regarding the aforementioned Work Permit Issues.
6 Posted 08/06/2019 at 19:35:53
MB must undertake a risk assessment and undertake due diligence on every transfer in and out of the club.
Hebert Os, sketch is bizarre and highlights what can happen without proper planning and with Sosa, who appears to be a fine young talent, this is possibly the way will always be when tapping in to the South American market, for such young players.
Ive faith in MB, Im sure he will see EFC right, this transfer window.
7 Posted 08/06/2019 at 19:36:13
Are the likes of Wales, Scotland and northern Ireland classed as "foreign" in the eyes of FIFA?
8 Posted 08/06/2019 at 19:41:15
It would be good to know the FIFA rational, on UK transfer windows.
9 Posted 08/06/2019 at 19:42:06
10 Posted 08/06/2019 at 19:52:30
11 Posted 08/06/2019 at 20:28:57
12 Posted 08/06/2019 at 20:46:29
13 Posted 08/06/2019 at 20:55:02
14 Posted 08/06/2019 at 20:57:46
15 Posted 08/06/2019 at 21:08:41
16 Posted 08/06/2019 at 21:25:50
Just wanted to say re work permits: in the UK it's very difficult for sport in general because each governing body for each sport sets a minimum requirement whereby they will 'endorse' a work permit application for a migrant overseas sportsperson. I know this because I have been involved in work permits for cricketers and rugby players entering the UK. For example, in cricket to even play at club level (not even county) in the UK you have to have played 5 first class matches in the previous 24 months to qualify for a Tier 5 sports visa.
The visa system is the same for anyone wanting to enter the UK, it is simply (!!) down to the governing body for that sport to set their endorsement level. So basically: club wants player, if player meets that sport's criteria they issue a visa endorsement reference, player then takes this and applies for visa.
Now I don't know what the FA has as its endorsement criteria (now tempted to check!), but if we wanted to sign anyone from anywhere in the world they would have to meet it (eg, international appearances etc) otherwise they've got no chance of getting in the the country. This probably explains why it is easier for players from, say, South America etc, to play in other European countries over the UK. It will be down to what that country's governing body says is their minimum requirement to enter the country as a professional sportsman or woman in that sport.
Keep up the good work everyone. Genuinely believe as a club we are again on the cusp of greatness...
17 Posted 08/06/2019 at 22:28:18
Does anyone know how many games are needed to be played in a certain period of time in order to qualify for a work permit, and also do friendly games count towards that total?
18 Posted 08/06/2019 at 23:00:16
19 Posted 08/06/2019 at 23:06:15
20 Posted 08/06/2019 at 23:44:13
Argentina are ranked 11th so he'd actually had to have played 45% of his country's international matches over a one year period for automatic qualification.
21 Posted 09/06/2019 at 00:11:29
22 Posted 09/06/2019 at 00:57:38
That's a clear set of requirements.
Everton's transfer plan is set and is clear.
Marcel Brands, we live and hope for this preseason.
23 Posted 09/06/2019 at 01:46:17
24 Posted 09/06/2019 at 01:57:32
25 Posted 09/06/2019 at 02:01:36
26 Posted 09/06/2019 at 05:42:58
We already have players like Vlasic who came here, got lent out, has done well and most still want to get rid and he's proven he can do it. I don't want us to buy unproven kids like Chelsea, not yet anyway, I want players who have made it.
27 Posted 09/06/2019 at 07:04:53
We need to buy one or two 'project players' a year as well as two or three first team players.
28 Posted 09/06/2019 at 07:46:07
29 Posted 09/06/2019 at 08:18:38
Anyway, what we really need is football clubs to look inwardly then and invest more in junior coaches, subsidise the FA coaching courses so they are free to level 3 and get as many coaches coaching in the right way. My lad is 8 and it amazes me how many coaches are shouting for kids to clear it or just throw it down the line even though no-one is there. At that age when there is no pressure to win is when they should be being coached to pass it, move and play with their head up.
Anyway, rant over. Sorry. Had my Weetabix!
30 Posted 09/06/2019 at 08:46:02
31 Posted 09/06/2019 at 09:07:38
I suppose there is the view as to whether it's wise to try and sign a player who is clearly some way off meeting the criteria, but then it's all about balancing long-term projects with current requirements, I guess.
32 Posted 09/06/2019 at 09:27:57
33 Posted 09/06/2019 at 10:02:33
In the '80s, the English FA decided to open up a school for the most technically gifted young players in the country. 25 kids going to live in Lilleshall for two years, then topped up with another 15 every year to keep the ball rolling.
I was reading Carragher's book and was shocked to read that he was a pupil at this National School of Excellence because he was, imo, a text-book footballer (not a criticism) just the same as John Ebbrell, who also attended (gonna be a long post this).
Reading Carragher's book, I was astounded when he writes about Joe Cole doing a “Cruyff turn” in the middle of the park, and this no-nonsense coach from Yorkshire stopping the session and said “We'll have none of that here, son!”
Unbelievable, really unbelievable, astounding and so very fucking sad, because they had supposedly picked the finest technical talent in the country, to teach them how to become better technical players, but it's obvious they never worked on their technical skills? (Methodical maybe?)
Maybe they thought “It's because you have to be strong to play in England”, but it's a story that's always filled me with despair, especially when I used to watch talents like Fabregas do about five “Cruyff turns” every time he played in an Arsenal shirt.
Same now, I watch the occasional academy game, and it's all about playing out from the back, play it out from the back, play it out from the fucking back? Nothing wrong with this if it's on, but these kids are getting told to do it even when it's not on, and that's something I will never be able to understand. Don't wait for the traffic lights to go on red, kid, just don't think and cross that fucking road now!
Second rate countries can all play tight football in the midfield but it's something English coaches have never got their heads around, imo, because “You can't fucking play in there, son! Honestly Dan, and I haven't even had my Weetabix yet!
34 Posted 09/06/2019 at 10:27:14
ps: I haven't had Weetabix for years. Same goes for Shredded Wheat now I think about it. Corn flakes, Crunchy Nut and Rice Crispies are my preferred cereal these days.
35 Posted 09/06/2019 at 11:08:13
36 Posted 09/06/2019 at 11:10:01
Onyekuru and Zouma have highlighted the folly of buying players under these circumstances.
37 Posted 09/06/2019 at 11:55:29
38 Posted 09/06/2019 at 12:11:13
I couldn't disagree with you more. Wilshere was a good player. Maybe not a great professional and obviously unfortunate with injuries, but how you can say he wasn't good is beyond me.
39 Posted 09/06/2019 at 12:44:16
40 Posted 09/06/2019 at 14:17:17
If we all believe everything will be fine. We got through the war, didn't we?
41 Posted 09/06/2019 at 14:35:13
42 Posted 09/06/2019 at 14:44:26
I can't remember the guy's name, but in the '80s the FA employed a head coach. His philosophy was POMO or position of maximum opportunity.
The analysis was showing 60% of goals were scored with less than 3 passes; basically long-ball humped forward and get on the end of the knock-down. Typical Wimbledon and a few others.
I still remember watching a couple of interviews and the guy did not rate good technique very highly. This was the official FA approach for years, so Joe Cole getting berated for a Cruyff turn is not surprising.
43 Posted 09/06/2019 at 15:00:44
I agree that two passes can open the game up, and a little side-step in midfield can really open the game up, but so much individuality is taken away by over-coaching, especially when kids should be just enjoying the game.
I've seen loads of top-class English players but I can count on one hand, how many of them who looked like they really enjoyed the ball?
44 Posted 09/06/2019 at 15:03:22
45 Posted 09/06/2019 at 15:51:29
He joins a long list of what-could-have-been great players, eg: Bowles, Curry, Hudson, Worthington, Ashton, Mckenzie etc.
46 Posted 09/06/2019 at 18:36:23
We need to research more about the rules before getting down the line regarding potential transfers.
47 Posted 09/06/2019 at 19:33:18
The Italian, Spanish, German, French etc. will all be in the EU and will still be able to transfer players amongst themselves and the rest of the EU without work permit problems and get work permits for non-EU players from around the world a lot easier than we will.
We on the other hand, along with Scotland BTW (assuming they don't have another independence referendum and bugger off rather than get dragged down with England) will be subject to the work permit rules. This will give the EU clubs a massive advantage over English clubs in the European transfer market and no disadvantage in the non-EU transfer market. No fannying around with work permits for them.
The Premier League is the richest because of the TV deals. The TV deals enable PL clubs to pay the highest transfer fees and wages to get the best players. If we can't get those players anymore and they start drifting to the other EU leagues, then the TV deals will shrink because the top players will no longer play here.
Not to worry though. This country appears to be regressing anyway. Maybe they'll bring back England v Rest of the World games, baggy shorts and case balls. Put snow on it!!!
48 Posted 09/06/2019 at 19:44:24
49 Posted 09/06/2019 at 21:27:49
Could never get him to kick any of his habits for long though.
50 Posted 09/06/2019 at 23:18:15
However let's not through £millions at false promises and benefit other teams unless it's guaranteed he can play for Everton.
51 Posted 10/06/2019 at 00:59:44
52 Posted 10/06/2019 at 08:57:55
53 Posted 10/06/2019 at 11:10:58
We're Forever Ever (ton) Banega...
See what I mean? :-)
54 Posted 12/06/2019 at 09:46:47
I think if we put Yerry Mina up for sale, I very much doubt if we would recoup our money on the Brands purchase. So please, Evertonians, take your time before you judge Brands. Early days. Mina may come good and so may Brands but it's far too early to judge and say you trust their judgement.
55 Posted 15/06/2019 at 09:36:02
Pity Francis Drake didn't bring footballers back instead of baccy.
56 Posted 15/06/2019 at 09:49:48
57 Posted 02/07/2019 at 16:52:15
Why does it always seem to be Everton who get caught in the work permit ‘Vortex of Shit'... do other clubs employ people to pay off the establishment to get their players through the door?
This guy is not even 17 and is not an international.
If this guy is allowed to play, surely Henry Onyekuru should get in considering he is playing top flight footy and even European matches... all very odd.
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