Leicester City’s decision to sell Danny Drinkwater looks like it will be one that they regret already after FIFA decided that the midfielder’s replacement, Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon, missed the deadline by a mere 14 seconds.
The Foxes moved late in the window after agreeing to sell Drinkwater to the team that took their Premier League crown, but have been left shorter than N’Golo Kante in midfield after Fifa’s decision.
Leicester selling Drinkwater for £35M.. Buying Adrien Silva who's quality 10X better for £15M that's what call great business. #LCFC 👏⚽
— RED DOG 👊👊👊 (@NFFCMANN) August 31, 2017
“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.”
Leicester City spokesman
Although now unable to play until January 1st, Silva is registered as a Leicester City player, and will remain in that weird footballing purgatory of being unable to play, whilst the former Premier League winners have the honour of paying the Portugal international’s wages.
“The transfer of Adrien is already completed. Hopefully Leicester find a solution for him.”
Sporting President Bruno de Carvalho
All those associated with Leicester City will be feeling slightly aggrieved, especially when you consider the farcical end to the 2009 January transfer window, when Andrey Arshavin was declared an Arsenal player some 24 hours after the window closed.
In what is true ‘football loves a script’ Danny Drinkwater’s first game for his new side is at the King Power Stadium this Saturday – you’d be a fool to not be placing some money on the defensive-midfielder grabbing a hat-trick (along with N’Golo Kante).
As always, though, these kind of situations end up with us all saying: If only Fifa were as clinically rule abiding with regards to their financial and human rights affairs, then they wouldn’t be the disgrace that most fans see them as.