Wolves have made young Colombian defender Yerson Mosquera their first summer arrival.
He has signed a five-year deal at Molineux, and is Bruno Lage’s maiden signing.
Wolves technical director Scott Sellars has explained to the club website that Brexit made it easier for the club to sign him.
That backs up what the Athletic reported, that signing youngsters from South America is easier than getting them from Europe in some instances.
“There’s evidence of Colombian players who have come in and done very well in the Premier League over the last few years,” he said.
“Before Brexit, we couldn’t go into South America unless it was to buy very established players.
“We would’ve had to wait for a player to spend time developing at another club, and for their value to go up substantially before we could bring them in.
“But under the new rules, we can bring these talented young players into the club earlier in their careers, develop them here by giving them minutes in the first-team and this way increasing their market value ourselves.”
Mosquera hopefully a star of the future
As Sellars eludes to, previously Wolves would have had to wait until later in Mosquera’s career to sign him.
His compatriots Davinson Sanchez and Yerry Mina signing for Tottenham and Everton from Ajax and Barcelona respectively are an example of that.
The flip-side of that is the Athletic reporting that under the current rules, Wolves would have been sweating over signing Pedro Neto and others.
Mosquera is expected to be in the first team squad – not in the Under 23s or out on loan and when Willy Boly and Romain Saiss go to the African Cup of Nations in January, he could well get his chance.
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