Aston Villa announced the signing of Douglas Luiz from Manchester City in July, after the Brazilian failed to get a work permit in Manchester.
However, Aston Villa did not have the same issue when they completed the £15m deal.
The Premier League newcomers initially ran into the same problem as the Blues did : he has not played 30 per cent of Brazil’s games in the last two years and so, in a system that only wants the best talent playing in a country that is trying to produce homegrown talent, he does not automatically qualify.
Villa, though, has success with the appeals process by showing how important the midfielder will be to their team.
Pep Guardiola and Brazil coach Tite both tried to support Luiz’s application when the City manager wanted him as backup to Fernandinho once the Jorginho transfer fell through but the authorities did not view that the player was exceptional enough that he would go on to become a regular for club and country.
As much as Guardiola rated Luiz, the former Vasco da Gama star would not have been a first-team regular at the Etihad barring injuries and the £10m they paid for him is small compared to many other of their purchases.
At Villa, Luiz arrived as one of their most expensive transfers and the Midlands club were able to prove his importance to their team – especially with game time.
And any promises they made have come to fruition – with Luiz playing a crucial role under Dean Smith at Villa Park this season.