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Liverpool chase Benfica star Eduardo Salvio despite work-permit issues

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Liverpool are keen admirers of Argentinian winger Eduardo Salvio, and are hopeful that in the summer they can snap him up, according to the Daily Express.

Currently, players who are nationally from outside Europe that wish to play at the highest level in England need to apply for work permits if they wish to ply their trade in the Premier League. Not all footballers that apply for permits will be automatically granted one, as there is specific criteria on which the immigration authorities will judge their application.

Work permit struggles

Upon meeting the criteria, permits will be issued only to top international players who will be able to make a significant contribution and development to the English game.

In order to establish a work permit, players from outside the EU must have at least played in 75% of their country's competitive games for the first team within two years prior to the application date. Also the player’s country must be above 70th in the official FIFA world rankings; this is averaged two years prior to the date of the application.

Salvio move

The Benfica man is keen on a move to England, it would seem, but would struggle to meet these requirements at the moment as he has only appeared for Argentina five times in his career.

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Arsenal were able to bypass the work permit rule in January when they secured the signing of Brazilian Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal in an £11 million deal. FA chairman Greg Dyke, would be happy to see the rules change so any player that has a value of more than £10 million would avoid any hindrance when trying to sign for a club In England.

At present Liverpool will have to apply for a work permit and they would probably need a change in the law to bring the 24-year-old to the Premier League.

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