Earlier on on Friday, we covered the mess that was Manchester City’s Larry Kayode’s failed loan to Amiens SC, which was put down to ‘administration reasons’ as per the Ligue 1 side.
Everyone involved in the transfer worked hard to get it over the line, and agreed on the deal, yet the paperwork has now been sent to the ‘football authorities’ in order to see if the transfer can be validated or not.
Sport had quotes from Girona’s sporting director, Quique Carcel, claiming he’d welcome the player, who spent the first half of the season with the La Liga club, back ‘with open arms’.
Since then, however, it appears more details have filtered through, as Amiens SC’s president, Bernard Joannin, explained to Courrier Picard.
He said: “We would’ve like to have Larry. Everything was finalised. We were in agreement with Manchester City. The player was worth it, but there was a computing problem and FIFA didn’t get the contract in time. Missed it by one minute!
“It’s a mistake. We’ve put in a plea with FIFA, and we need to stick together. It happened to Guingamp last year with a €10m sale.”
The Nigeria international was meant to go to the Ligue 1 side for the rest of the season on loan from Manchester City, with the club then needing to buy the forward thanks to a compulsory option to buy.
We’ll have to wait and see what comes of this, but, as we saw with André Silva’s transfer to Leicester, FIFA aren’t that generous with late paperwork.