Michael Verrips will probably have to wait a little longer for his Sheffield United debut.
FIFA have confirmed to the Sheffield Star that they have received a complaint from KV Mechelen about Verrips’ summer move.
The goalkeeper joined the Blades from the Belgian side on a free transfer. Although under contract, Verrips claimed he did not have to honour that. This was after Mechelen were eliminated from the Europa League following a match-fixing allegation.
United sought legal advice at the time and were satisfied enough to give the 22-year-old a four-year deal. Yet Mechelen still feel aggrieved.
They have made it clear their issue is with the player and not the Blades. FIFA say they are analysing their complaint.
When will Michael Verrips play for Sheffield United?
Belgian newspaper Voetbal Nieuws previously reported that United would not risk playing Verrips until the investigation was concluded.
Apparently naming the Dutchman in a match day squad could compromise the result. Yet since that piece was published Verrips was included among the substitutes for the 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Blackburn Rovers.
However, the ‘keeper has still not been selected on a Premier League match day. Dean Henderson is the established number one, while Simon Moore remains his backup.
If the Blades are genuinely concerned then they are unlikely to risk any of their top flight results. After all, they are playing in the division for the first time in 12 years. Every point is precious if they want to maintain that place for more than one season.
Mechelen are seeking compensation for Verrips, so there is still a chance a fee could be agreed between the two clubs. It is believed they are currently quite far apart in terms of valuation, though.
So until FIFA come to a decision, don’t expect to see Verrips featuring any time soon. The stopper remains the only summer signing not to have played a single minute for his new club.