The Newcastle Evening Chronicle is reporting this afternoon that the club’s hopes of offloading Spanish Under-21 striker Xisco have hit a major stumbling block.
Xisco – transfer has hit stumbling block
FIFA regulations state that players can’t be registered for three clubs in one season, and since Xisco has already registered for Deportivo and Newcastle he cannot be registered for a third, which seems to dash hopes of a move for Xisco.
Newcastle are trying to recoup some of the amazing £5.8M we paid Deportivo La Coruna back in August, so Joe can use that money to bring in new players. It’s a wonder somebody at Newcastle didn’t realize that a lot earlier, and as we have read about that case with other players recently.
The FIFA rules could well put off potential suitors as it seems they will be required to give special dispensation from the game’s governing body if a club comes in to sign Xisco, but they have a precedent in that they diod that for Argentine Mascherano ‘s move to Liverpool 12 months ago.
And a loan move wouldn’t be any good since it’s the transfer fee Joe is looking for, although they could offload Xisco on loan until the summer, and hopes he plays well, and at least we save on his wages.
Before signing for Newcastle the Palma-born forward starred for Deportivo in both the Intertoto Cup and the UEFA Cup in the summer, but he’s done nothing on Tyneside and it seems obvious Joe just doesn’t think he’s good enough.
A FIFA spokesman said today:
“Players may be registered for a maximum of three clubs in one season, but during that period they can only play official matches for two clubs.“
“The exceptions are for players moving between associations where the seasons do not run at the same time, such as South America or Norway for example.”
One case in point, as we mentioned, was the transfer of Javier Mascherano a year ago to Liverpool, since he had played for Corinthians and West Ham before moving to Merseyside.
FIFA gave Liverpool special dispensation to sign the Argentinian in that case, so the same could be true with Xisco presumably.
We still think it will be possible to have Xisco join another club in January, it will just be that much more difficult, which is the last thing we wanted.