Leeds United: FA probing Adryan transfer

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The Football Association is investigating the transfer of Adryan to Leeds United last summer, the YEP can reveal.

FA officials are examining the Brazilian’s season-long loan move amid suspicions that Adryan is third-party owned by a company in his homeland.

United owner Massimo Cellino confirmed tonight that he expects to to discuss the situation with representatives from the FA tomorrow.

Cellino denied that Leeds were guilty of a breach of the rules on third-party ownership.

Adryan joined United on a temporary basis from Flamengo last August, moving to Elland Road after freeing himself from a separate loan deal at Italian club Cagliari.

Cellino persuaded Cagliari to end their arrangement with Flamengo and a deal was reached to bring Adryan to England with a view to a permanent transfer.

At the time, Leeds negotiated an option allowing them to sign Adryan full-time for around £3m this summer.

The 20-year-old made a limited impact at Elland Road, however, and is not expected to return to the club. He flew home to Brazil after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Rotherham United, the last game of the Championship term.

News of the investigation into his move comes days after Cellino returned from a Football League ban.

FA rules forbid third-party ownership of players and ban payments by clubs to third parties except in exceptional circumstances.

An FA spokesman declined to comment but the governing body is believed to be investigating whether Leeds made payments to third parties during the Adryan deal and also whether United knew about and failed to declare third-party ownership at the time of his transfer.

Cellino told the YEP: “I’m seeing lawyers from the FA tomorrow. They tell me there is a problem so I asked them to come here and see me.

“We did nothing wrong. We dealt with Flamengo and they are his club. We never paid any money to anyone else.”

Adryan played 13 times for Leeds this season but drifted out of the first team during the second half of the campaign.

His last appearance came in a 3-2 defeat to Watford at Elland Road in February.

Adryan’s agent has been asked to comment.

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