Leeds United might struggle to sign Kristoffer Klaesson
Leeds United could fail in their pursuit of Valerenga goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson due to the new Brexit laws, according to a report from the print edition of Dagsavisen [21/07/2021].
They claim that the 20-year-old “does not qualify” for a work permit based on their calculations. It is claimed that Klaesson will receive two points for playing for Valerenga and another two for playing the majority of matches. However, that still leaves him well short of the 15 points required to gain a work permit [translation via Sport Witness].
The report does state that the Whites can launch an appeal but must present “good reasons” as to why Klaesson should be allowed a work permit.
Could this scupper the deal?
It doesn’t look too good for the Whites’ proposed move for the 20-year-old now that this information has emerged.
The fact that Klaesson is going to be 11 points short of the 15 he requires to gain a work permit could prove to be a killer for the deal.
The new Brexit rules mean that leagues such as the Eliteserien are seen as lesser when compared to the likes of La Liga, and therefore, it is harder for English clubs to sign players from these leagues [the Guardian].
The Whites have made a bid for Klaesson, but if he can’t get a work permit what is the point in signing him [Stian Andre de Wahl]?
According to de Wahl, writing on his Twitter account, Leeds are confident they can get the required paperwork to sign Klaesson, but this latest report surely casts doubt on that confidence?
It is not as if Klaesson will be close to the magic number of 15, so you would think Leeds would really have to present some good reasons to get Klaesson a work permit.
It remains to be seen exactly what happens, but we are not so confident about this deal going through now.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are close to making one signing after the player arrived for his medical.