- Percy Tau is set to move to English Premier League side Brighton Hove & Albion in a record-breaking transfer deal
- Before completing the move Tau will have to have a work visa for the United Kingdom
- The UK has tightened its work visa application process for foreign footballers in recent years
Mamelodi Sundowns star striker Percy Tau will have to complete a tough application process to obtain a work visa for the United Kingdom (UK) before he can finally sign on the dotted line to secure his highly-anticipated move to England.
The UK has tightened its work visa application process for foreign (and non-European Union) footballers in recent years because most players did not play a single game in the second year of their contracts.
English Premier League (EPL) clubs have to prove to the UK government that any potential signing is internationally recognised and will make a significant contribution to the EPL.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the good news for Tau is his recent form in the PSL and in the CAF African Champions League coupled with his recent haul of awards at the annual PSL awards ceremony should see him qualify on those counts.
Sport24.com reported that Tau will have to provide proof to his new club to present to the relevant authorities that he is suitably qualified to start working in the UK.
Tau will have to meet a complicated set of rules and will have to qualify according to certain point’s tables.
One of these requirements is that Tau (or any player from South Africa for that matter) must have played in three-quarter of Bafana Bafana’s recent international matches.
This requirement is less strict for sides which are ranked higher on the FIFA rankings.
Tau easily qualifies on that requirement and given the fact that Brighton has tabled such a massive offer on the player it is almost certain the club would have checked that Tau would qualify.
It seems only a matter of time before Tau finally signs on that dotted line which will change his life.
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