Everton risk Tottenham feud as Toffees ‘blame Spurs’ for their financial issues
Everton deducted 10 points for breach of Premier League financial rules
Everton are partly blaming Tottenham for the financial problems which saw them deducted 10 Premier League points last week, according to a blockbuster report. The Toffees have dropped into the relegation zone and further punishments are on the cards if the club are sued by three Championship clubs who were relegated from the highest division while they survived last season.
The Premier League ruled that Everton had breached their profit and sustainability rules previously and decided to bring the hammer down on the club by docking them points. As a result, Leicester, Burnley and Leeds United are now deciding to sue Sean Dyche’s side as they feel that they were relegated to the Championship as a result of the breaches.
Each club is demanding a payment of £100million each, which will shake the Goodison Park outfit to the core given that the club are in £500m debt and their proposed takeover by 777 Partners is now at risk of collapse.
Everton are planning to lodge an appeal against the Premier League’s ruling, though one of their claims about their problems could land them in hot water with Tottenham. The Toffees have claimed that they were ‘exploited’ by Spurs during negotiations for Richarlison in 2022, feeling that their financial woes were taken advantage of.
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The Brazilian forward was valued at £80m by Everton but they eventually accepted a £60m bid for his services, and that gap in fees is said to have been cited by the club as a reason why they failed to comply with financial rules further down the line. The Premier League’s independent commission rejected the claim, though Spurs are still unhappy that the suggestion was even made.
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham have been left furious by claims that they ‘drove a hard bargain’ to capitalise on Everton’s poor financial situation, feeling that it is an ‘absurd’ accusation to make.
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The relationship between the club has therefore taken a major hit over the past few days, and Everton may have caused themselves more financial issues by attempting to deflect the blame.
Dyche’s side are keen to renegotiate their deal involving Dele Alli and had hopes of a £10m fee being waived, but that now feels increasingly unlikely.
The playmaker will need to make a further seven appearances to trigger that fee being due and although Spurs are keen for their former midfielder to get his career back on track, the chances of a fresh agreement being reached between the two outfits now appear to be slim.
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