The current work permit regulations in England are hugely detrimental to the Premier League according to Arsene Wenger, and have ruined Arsenal’s transfer dealings before, as reported by the BBC.
Wenger revealed that he tried to bring a 17-year-old Angel di Maria to Arsenal, but was unable to get a deal done and eventually saw him move to Premier League rivals Manchester United for a British record £59.7m several years later..
“We wanted him to come here,” he said.
“We had identified Di Maria when he was 17 in an international competition.
“But he went to Portugal, and from Portugal he went to Spain. Why? Because he could not get a work permit for England, so that meant you could only get him to England once he was worth a huge amount of money.”
We are once again at the mercy of the regulations, with our move for Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista in jeopardy.
Wenger wants to see the rules scrapped, but is unlikely to get his wish any time soon. With the 24-year-old Brazilian yet to make a single appearance for his national side, his move to the Emirates is fraught with obstacles.
We are desperately in need of defensive reinforcements, so the completion of the deal to bring Paulista to England is vitally important. Possibly even more important however, is that the manager is prepared to bid for another player if a move for the La Liga star falls through.