Premier League clubs are focusing on buying from within the UK in the final day of the transfer window.
Sky Sports News is reporting that because of COVID-19 and visa restrictions, “buying British” may be the way to go for teams in the final hours of the market.
While deals for players from abroad are very much possible, a football agent told Sky Sports that such transfers are taking more time than usual due to COVID-19 and the fact that even EU players need UK visas following Brexit.
“I know of one Premier League club who have pulled out of a deal to sign a German player because they think there is no way they can complete the necessary procedures and paperwork in time,” the agent told Sky Sports News.
“That was with a full 36 hours still to go.
“The buying club’s options are limited at this stage in the window. Since Brexit, every foreign player – including European-based players – needs a visa to enter and work in the UK.
“But you can’t apply for a visa from inside the UK [unless you are applying to renew an existing visa]. So, we’ve seen many examples where a player has had to fly into the UK to complete a medical, then leave the country again to apply for a visa.
“On Transfer Deadline Day, it’s very unlikely all that can be done in double-quick time, especially because players and their representatives will need to complete coronavirus tests for international travel.”
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