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08 Jun 2021 15:37:47
Anybody know anything about Papa Matar Sarr? Seems like this guy is generating a lot of interest from some big clubs including us but from what I read this is his breakthrough season and he has only really played a relatively small number of games, no doubt given the level of interest he is a good player but at only 18 is he up to the rigours of the premiership?

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08 Jun 2021 16:26:08
There are several reports in France saying that Villa have lodged their interest and are prepared to pay around 25 million euros for him. Seems a lot to pay for an 18 year old but he is one of the most highly rated in his age bracket over here. His FIFA rating is currently 61, with a potential of 79, which is exceptional. Chukwuemeka for instance has a current rating of 56, with a potential of 74.
I didn’t watch many Ligue 1 matches this season, so I can’t give you my impression of him. However, the reviews, the high FIFA ratings, the fact he’s already played for Senegal, and our needs for a quality DM, where he supposedly excels suggest he might be a good one to go for.

{Ed002's Note - Pape Matar Sarr (DM/CM/AM) Metz don't want to sell the versatile youngster after only signing the youngster last summer but if a good offer were made they would consider it. Unlikely to qualify for a Work Permit in England and one who will be off to AFCON although Everton and Aston Villa will seek an exemption if they can reach agreement over price as both may have the need to recruit a replacement for Luiz and Besic.}

08 Jun 2021 20:15:17
I forgot about the work permit element to this with the new rules following Brexit. Not sure what the criteria is for qualifying, seem to remember a player has to have played a minimum number of games at a certain level etc.

08 Jun 2021 22:38:38
Is the criteria something to do with games played for their national team and/ or fee paid for the transfer Ed?

09 Jun 2021 06:13:21
Chris, I’ve read up a bit on this and I expect you probably have done also, but for the benefit of those who haven’t
EU players will need a GBE ( Governing Body Endorsement ) . This can only be immediately approved with a score of 15 points. Points are awarded on criteria, including no. Of international caps and the FIFA ranking of the players country. The strength of the league from which the player is arriving from and the number of club appearances they have already made is also a factor.
If a player scores between 10 and 14 points an exceptions panel will make a ruling.
I did read however, that there could be a special permissions for players between 18 and 19, if they don’t qualify for a GBE, such as if they have made a certain number of appearances in the first team of their current club, but it didn’t specify how many.

09 Jun 2021 20:39:33
I hadn’t read up mark, so thanks for letting us know👍 Sounds like a Visa isn’t out of the question then if the link is true.



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