Liverpool, Arsenal must fork out 10m to sign Ghanaian youngster Donsah, stringent new work permit rule

Godfred Donsah

Godfred Donsah

Talented Ghanaian midfielder Godfred Donsah’s proposed move to England, with top clubs Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all interested in his services , could be scuppered by a new UK work permit regulation that requires clubs to pay £10m in transfer fees to be able to sign a non-EU player.

The agent of Cagliari midfielder has confirmed that the four top Premier League clubs trying to sign the Ghanaian midfielder.

Speaking to reporters, Oliver Arthur said: “There’s lots of interest in Donsah right now, especially from clubs in the UK.

“Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal have made official enquiries about him”.

The four English Premier League sides may be interested, but it will be a very difficult signing to pull off as the youngster will need a work-permit.

Donsah is uncapped at international level, which is usually a pre-requisite when applying for a permit, and according to the Evening Standard :

“Home Office rules are expected to be made tighter during the summer, meaning an English club could be certain of securing a work permit for a non-EU player only by buying him for at least £10 million”.

£10m for an 18-year old with only 18 appearances to his name? No chance.

A deal like that is a massive gamble, but Liverpool coach Rodgers already spent £10m on the similarly-aged Divock Origi, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.

Some info about Donsah:
* Central midfielder, who can also play right-back.

* 18-years old. 19 in June.
* Current deal expires in 2020.
* This season: 2 goals/1 assist in 18 apps.
One the names conspicuously absent on the alleged list of interested Premier League team is Chelsea, which will disappoint Donsah as he supports the club.

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