Iago Aspas’ move to Liverpool has been held up due to the Spanish Football Federation refusing to rubber stamp the deal.
Liverpool confirmed yesterday that a deal had been agreed “in principle” but The Mirror reports the move has been blocked due to the Spanish Football Federation “refusing to release Aspas’ International Transfer Certificate”.
The Mirror report the problem as revolving around managing director Ian Ayre’s negotiations with unauthorised agents:
“Ayre continued to negotiate with unauthorised agents over the deal even after discovering that he was not dealing with the player’s official FIFA-licensed representatives.
“Aspas has a representation agreement with Jorge Santome and Carmelo Vicente until 2014, but attempted to force through a move to Anfield by enlisting the help of Barcelona-based agency PromoEsport”.
A Liverpool spokesman said the club remain confident the deal will still be completed:
“There was a complication with the paperwork. For the deal to be completed both FAs have to release the paperwork and we are waiting for that to happen. However, we are confident that will be done shortly.”
Liverpool and Celta Vigo have agreed a deal worth a reported £7.7m for the Spanish forward.
Earlier this week Aspas’ brother said the delays with the move was due to “bureaucratic issues.”