Manchester City midfielder saw deadline day move collapse over work permit issues – report

Divine Naah missed out on a deadline day move to Spain after Segunda División B – Group 3 (third tier) club SD Formentera failed to get a work permit before the transfer window closed.

Formentera boss Tito García Sanjuán was disappointed at not being able to land Naah, saying, “It would have been a real bomb. He is a Manchester City player and would have given us a boost in quality. Unfortunately he couldn’t join because of a work permit issue.”

The 21-year-old was linked with K.V. Kortrijk (Belgium), Vitória Guimaraes (Portugal) and Alavés (Spain) during the recent window, but as far as we know, remains a City play with nowhere to play his club football at this time.

Naah has been loaned out to Strømsgodset, NAC Breda, FC Nordsjælland and Örebro SK since arriving from the Right to Dream Academy in 2014, and does not have a work permit to play for City’s Elite Development Squad, putting him in some limbo unless another move can be sorted before all of Europe’s transfer windows close.

García Sanjuán, the Formentera coach, also admitted that other City fringe players were offered, but nothing happened in the end. “In the last few hours before the market closed, they offered us some players, but we don’t want to sign for the sake of it and finally there were no transfers.”

While he didn’t disclose any names, Shay Facey, David Faupala and Sinan Bytyqi may have been among those offered as three of the older City prospects who have not left on loan this summer.

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