Chelsea waiting for UK work permit

24 Jan 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

Chelsea Football Club is awaiting the results of its UK work permit application for Brazilian player David Luiz.

Luiz plays for the Brazilian international team and for Portuguese club Benefica.

Luis Filipe Vieira, Benefica's chairman, is in on-going talks with Chelsea regarding the player, who is expected to cost the English team around £21.5 million.

According to the Guardian, Luiz will travel to London for a medical to confirm if Chelsea are certain that they want to sign him.

However, all of this depends on the success of the UK work permit application.

Last week it was confirmed that US forward Robbie Findley was granted a UK work permit to join Notting Forest in Britain.

The player had already secured a two-year contract with the club, following the expiration of his contract with Major League soccer team Real Salt Lake.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa failed in their application for a work permit for Omar Cummings – a Jamaican international player.

Cummings narrowly missed out due to UK work permit regulations for football that state a player must be a part of a national team that is at 70th place or higher in the FIFA rankings when averaged over the two years preceding the application date.

Unfortunately, Jamaica has been placed in 71st and 72nd place for the past two years.