The Sunday papers have highlighted potential concerning news for fans of Manchester City and Chelsea as the repercussions from Everton’s 10-point deduction continue to lurk over the Premier League.
The docking of points from Everton, the largest in Premier League history, was enough to drop them into the relegation zone after breaching profit and sustainability rules, and the rumours are Chelsea and City could face even worse punishments.
Elsewhere in the papers, Thomas Partey could be on his way out of the Premier League while Liverpool’s rumoured plans of replacing Jurgen Klopp with Xabi Alonso have taken a blow.
Everton’s hefty punishment came after just one breach of the Premier League’s sustainability rules, meaning City fans should be nervous considering the 115 infringements that their club have been charged with, while Chelsea are also potentially in hot water because of violations under the ownership of Roman Abramovich.
City and Chelsea reportedly face 30-point deductions or automatic relegation from the Premier League should the charges stick, similar to the type of punishment Juventus received for the ‘Calciopoli’ scandal, when the Turin giants were stripped of two Serie A titles before they were sent to the second tier after it was revealed they had tried to select favourable referees for their matches.
Things could get even worse for Everton with Burnley, Leeds United and Leicester City all rumoured to be looking to sue the Toffees for £300million after being relegated over the past couple of seasons.
777Partners, Everton’s potential new owners, would reportedly be unable to pay the £300m bill, meaning the club could go into administration and lose another nine points on top of the 10 they have already been docked.
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Everton’s problems could lead to some of their key players leaving the club, including goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, as well as Amadou Onana.
Thomas Partey and his representatives have reportedly met with Juventus ahead of a potential move in the January transfer window.
Paris Saint-Germain owners Qatar Sports Investment (QSI) will reportedly sell a minority stake in the French giants, though they claim to still hold a full commitment to the club.
City’s injury problems continue to worsen as midfielder Mateo Kovacic could miss up to three weeks with a reoccurrence of the quad injury that kept him out of three games in September.
Rumours of a clause in Xabi Alonso’s contract at Bayer Leverkusen that would allow him to leave for Liverpool, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid have been quashed by the club’s CEO Fernando Carro.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could be used by Tottenham in a swap deal as the North London side goes in pursuit of Juventus pair Samuel Iling-Junior and Andrea Cambiaso.
Harry Maguire’s response to losing the Manchester United captaincy has reportedly come in for praise from manager Erik ten Hag.
Aitor Karanka, previously head coach at Middlesborough, Nottingham Forest and Birminghan City, is rumoured to be looking for a return to the English game having last been in charge of Maccabi Tel Aviv.