Leicester City’s attempts to register Sporting CP midfielder Adrien Silva ended in failure.
The Premier League club have previously agreed a £22 million deal to sign the playmaker on deadline day but ended up missing the deadline by 14 seconds.
The Foxes failed to finalise the last bits of the deal before the market close on 31 Augusts and went on to lodge a plea with the football’s governing body to sanction the deal and allow the Portuguese player to be registered as the new Leicester City player.
Given the fact Silva’s registration was not completed in time, FIFA has rejected Leicester City’s application for the player ruling him ineligible until January.
The English club now owns Silva but with several aspects of the deal not completed in time, Leicester City are now obliged to pay the player’s wages until the transfer window reopens in January when they will be able to go through the registration process again.
Leicester City are said to have lodged an appeal against the decision and will ‘explore all options’ to seal the move and have the 28-year-old at their disposal during the 2017/18 campaign.
Adrien Silva emerged as a product of Sporting CP’s academy but was farmed out to Maccabi Haifa and Academica before earning his stripes at the Portuguese giants.
Silva was the first-team regular over the past five seasons at the Estadio Jose Alvelade. He made 27 Primeira Liga appearances last season, scoring four goals in the process.
The 28-year-old midfielder has thus far earned 20 international caps and played a vital role in Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning campaign.