Timeline tale of a transfer

12th August 2016

Ever wondered what happens when a player arrives for a medical - and why it sometimes takes so long to announce the completion of the transfer?
Well here is a brief rundown of club-record signing Borja Baston's transfer from Atletico Madrid to the Swans.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
11pm - Player arrives at Bristol Airport before being picked up by a club representative and driven to a Swansea hotel

10am - Report to training facility for introductions and change into training kit
10.30am - Medical review with Club Doctor, Jez McCluskey. Completion of medical questionnaire and medical examination (including blood and urine tests)
11.00am - Physiotherapy assessment with Head Physio, Kate Rees. Full baseline Musculoskeletal assessment that covers joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons and structures that support limbs, neck and back.
12pm - Review with Head of Sports Science, Jonny Northeast.  Assess baseline fitness through gym and pitch tests
12.45pm - Lunch   
1.15pm - Depart for specialist hospital in Cardiff for second part of the medical.
2.30pm - Routine MRI Scans of joints and any additional scans as per findings of doctor and physio's examination
5.30pm - Cardiac testing (including ECG & Echocardiogram) before a review and assessment by Consultant Cardiologist
7.10pm - Consultant Orthopaedic review of injury history and examination Musculoskeletal system.
7.40pm - Pre-signing medical complete
9pm - Player and his agent returns to Liberty Stadium to sign paperwork that has been worked on throughout the day with representatives from both parties.
9.30pm - Completed paperwork is sent to transferring club for counter signatures.

11.30am - Completed paperwork is returned by transferring club.
12.10pm - Documents sent to Premier League and FAW for registration and FIFA for international clearance
12.30pm - Clubs announce transfer is complete