By Daniel Feliciano

20th Jan, 2023 | 9:42am

Brexit complicates Leeds United deal to sign Diogo Monteiro with late January move lined up

Brexit rules mean Leeds will have to wait until the final days of the January transfer window to sign Diogo Monteiro from Servette, says Joe Donnohue.

The Whites have identified the 17-year-old Portuguese youth international as a target for this month as part of their “anticipating talent recruitment programme” (Phil Hay, 18 January).

However Brexit rules mean that the club will have to wait until the final days of the window to pursue a deal, with Premier League clubs banned from signing under-18 players from Europe.

“If Leeds are to be successful in their pursuit of Monteiro, they will be forced to wait until the end of the transfer window when the Portuguese youth international turns 18 years old,” the Yorkshire Evening Post reported (20 January).

“Due to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, clubs in England are no longer permitted to sign overseas players until the age of 18.

“Fortunately, Monteiro’s birthday is on January 28, meaning the Whites will have a couple of days to formalise a transfer before the deadline, if negotiations are agreeable to all parties.”

Enough time

Leeds have clearly already made their moves behind the scenes to find out if Monteiro is interested in a move to Elland Road this month, and have received positive feedback.

If they hadn’t then they wouldn’t be doing their job properly and all of this talk and speculation would be for nothing.

With the transfer window slamming shut on January 31st at 11pm, there is plenty of time there for the clubs to complete the formalities of any deal and get all the paperwork done in time to bring him to England early.

If that doesn’t happen for whatever reason, Leeds should still be looking to secure a transfer for the summer in advance, with his contract in Switzerland set to expire in June.

Brexit complicates the transfer, but it doesn’t make it impossible and these regulations aren’t new anymore so the club should be aware of them and have things in place to get everything done.

In other Leeds news, one Premier League rival have moved to hijack Leeds’ third January signing according to a report.