Leicester City’s deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva remains in question after papers arrived 14 seconds late.
Leicester thought they had beaten the August 31 deadline to sign Silva as a replacement for Danny Drinkwater, whose move to Chelsea was also confirmed after the 11pm cut-off.
But, in a bizarre development, it has emerged that the documentation confirming the deal between Leicester and Sporting for the £22m move arrived on FIFA’s computerised system 14 seconds after the deadline had passed.
Leicester were frustrated in the delays in transfer papers reaching them but that they were completed and signed within minutes upon arrival.
Leicester officials are confident the papers were sent on before the midnight deadline – a one-hour extension having been granted by FIFA for the international transfer.
But the Transfer Matching System (TMS) – which links clubs with the FA, other governing bodies and FIFA, shows the documents were seconds late in arriving.
FIFA said on Wednesday: “We can confirm that FIFA has been contacted by The Football Association in connection with the registration of the player Adrien Silva and the club Leicester City.
“FIFA has replied accordingly providing reference to applicable regulations.”