Parma director Mauro Pederzoli has confirmed that work permit problems blocked a move to Championship strugglers Sheffield United for £6 million winger Yann Karamoh, as reported by Tuttomercatoweb.
A few weeks ago, recently-relegated Parma were so certain that Karamoh would be heading out the door that they had no qualms about taking his number ten shirt and giving it to someone else – marquee summer signing Franco Vazquez, no less.
But as the clock struck 11 on Tuesday night, the reality hit home. Karamoh would not be going anywhere after all.
And so, the former France U21 international must be wondering what the future holds for him over the next four months.
Not only has he been stripped of his shirt number, it has also been reported that he is not part of Parma coach Enzo Maresca’s plans this season.
A move to Sheffield United would have suited all parties down to the ground then.
Why did Sheffield United miss out on Yann Karamoh?
According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Blades were in talks with the £6 million Karamoh on deadline day.
But, after negotiations with Crystal Palace faltered, a late-summer switch to Bramall Lane fell through too after the 24-year-old failed to obtain the requisite work permit.
“As for Karamoh, there was a regulatory situation that prevented his transfer,” confirmed Pederzoli.
“Now, he stays here – but the market is still open in many other countries.”
As Pederzoli himself said, there are still solutions to this particular problem.
Clubs in Russia and Turkey can sign players for the time being and the likes of Zenit St Petersburg and Galatasaray – to name but two – are not exactly short of cash.
The same can be said of a CSKA Moscow side who sold Nikola Vlasic to West Ham United for £25 million and also loaned out Argentina international Adolfo Gaich to Segunda side Huesca before the end of August.