February 24, 2024

the same transfer rules that they support and need

Man Utd are continuing to try and balance their books to meet Financial Fair Play (FFP) concerns and it means they can’t spend as much as they would like in the transfer window.

 

Before Manchester United’s trip to an indignant Goodison Park last November, Erik ten Hag was asked if he felt it was good that the Premier League were now clearly taking their own spending rules seriously. “Yes,” was the short answer.

Everton supporters clearly disagreed a couple of days later, holding up thousands of cards with “corrupt” written on them to display their disgust for a 10-point deduction for breaching the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability (PSR) rules. Their anger has barely settled since and the mood inside Goodison would have been furious again earlier this week, when Everton were hit were another charge for breaking the same rules in 2022/23, along with Nottingham Forest.

 

Further punishments await both clubs and if they are delivered this season it could well have a major impact on a relegation battle that Luton Town are threatening to make interesting. One thing is for certain, every club is now aware that the league intend to enforce their spending rules.

Newcastle were the latest club to complain about the rules last week, after announcing a loss of £73m. Under the ownership of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), Newcastle would happily buy a shortcut to success, but they are being prevented from doing so.

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