Chelsea given FFP warning by ex-Man City advisor as Liverpool and Man Utd ‘threatened’ transfer
Liverpool rivals round-up: Chelsea has been told it may have to take drastic action to avoid breaching FFP rules, while Manchester United is keen on a reported Reds target.
Liverpool faces a vital clash in its quest for the Premier League title with a trip to Arsenal looming on Sunday. Jürgen Klopp’s men have already won at the Emirates in the FA Cup this season and head to north London five points clear at the top.
The Reds can extend the lead over Mikel Arteta’s Gunners to eight points and leave their opponents with a mountain to climb to overhaul them. Manchester City is not in action until Monday but will be ready to pounce on any slip up.
None of the top three opted to strengthen during the January transfer window, although Tottenham did spend at the start of the month and will be hoping to stay in the mix after its midweek win over Brentford. In reality, there was little movement across the entire Premier League in the transfer market with another club now reportedly at threat of breaching FFP rules.
Here, Liverpool.com takes a scan around the other big sides in the Premier League and around Europe to take a look at the news going on at the other clubs.
Chelsea sent FFP warning by former Man City advisor
Chelsea may have to sell key homegrown players to avoid becoming the latest Premier League side to breach Financial Fair Play rules. Staggering sums of money have been spent in the last year by the Stamford Bridge side since Todd Boehly’s takeover, but those signings have had little impact on the pitch.
Wednesday night’s defeat at Anfield leaves the Blues in 10th in the table and on course to miss out on Europe once again. And that could leave Chelsea in danger of more punishment, unless it sells homegrown talent.
Liverpool has been linked with Levi Colwill in the past and Chelsea may have to let him go, while Conor Gallagher and skipper Reece James could all be considered. Ex-Manchester City advisor Stefan Borson told talkSPORT: “In my mind, there’s certainly trouble on the horizon, and Chelsea will certainly fail FFP for the current season. Unless — and it seems to be very unlikely — that by June 30 this year they sell well over $128m (£100m/€117m) of players.”
Liverpool.com says: Chelsea has seen the punishment dished out to Everton this season and, like so many clubs, will be desperate to follow FFP rules. If they do have to cash in on their homegrown players then Gallagher and Colwill appear likely candidates. And that could alert Liverpool, who could revisit its interest in Colwill as it looks to replace Joël Matipat the end of the season.
Manchester United ‘considered’ Gonçalo Inácio swoop
Liverpool reportedly faces competition for Sporting CP defender Gonçalo Inácio, who is also on the radar for a number of clubs, including Manchester United and Arsenal. The 22-year-old has emerged as a possible target for Liverpool ahead of the summer transfer window.
He is enjoying an excellent campaign in Lisbon and has been rewarded with call-ups to recent Portugal squads. He has a release clause of $65m (£51m/€60m) but that has not put any of the three clubs off. Correio da Manha reports that the Premier League trio ‘threatened’ to activate the clause in the final week of the January window.
Inácio stayed put much to the relief of Sporting, and the same report suggests United was also keen on teammate Marcus Edwards, who was previously with Tottenham.
Liverpool.com says: There will be plenty of links to defenders over the coming months and at 22, Inácio is regarded as one of the best prospects in European football. Liverpool’s next manager will likely want at least one addition in the summer but will face competition. It is no surprise that Manchester United is keen given its defensive issues this season under Erik ten Hag.