Adrien Silva: Has 14-second delay scuppered $29M soccer deal for Portuguese star?

    Adrien Silva's move from Sporting Lisbon to Leicester City is in jeopardy after the Portuguese midfielder's paperwork arrived just 14 seconds after the transfer deadline closed.

    Story highlights

    • Adrien Silva's career in limbo
    • Portuguese international moved in transfer window
    • But paperwork was received 14 seconds too late
    • Transfer was between Sporting Lisbon and Leicester

    (CNN)A leading European soccer player's career is in limbo after paperwork relating to his transfer from a Portuguese team to an English Premier League club was submitted 14 seconds too late.

    Leicester City, who won the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season, agreed to sign Portuguese international Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon for a reported $28.7 million on the final day of the summer transfer window on August 31.
      However, the paperwork was submitted to the English Football Association seconds past the midnight deadline.
      And under FIFA regulations Silva is not permitted to play until January 1.
      "We can confirm that FIFA has been contacted by the FA in connection with the registration of the player Adrien Silva and the club Leicester City," said FIFA in a statement sent to CNN.
      "FIFA has replied accordingly providing reference to applicable regulations."
      "We are working with Adrien and Sporting Clube de Portugal to overcome some issues relating to the player's registration and exploring all options to find a resolution," Leicester told CNN in a statement.