Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham brace for FFP points deduction boost as Newcastle on red alert

Newcastle United's St James' Park
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Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League rivals Newcastle United are reportedly in a race against the clock to avoid Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions this weekend.

Sunday, June 30 is an unofficial deadline for most Premier League clubs as it marks the end of their financial year. This means clubs have until tomorrow to make deals which shall positively impact their finances and ensure they are compliant with the Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR).

According to The Athletic, the Magpies desperately need to complete sales before tomorrow to avoid a potential points sanction next season. They report that Newcastle are speaking to Nottingham Forest at the last minute to get their youngsters Yankuba Minteh and Elliot Anderson off the books.

In return, Newcastle reportedly want to bring Anthony Elanga to St James' Park but unlike last season, Forest are not in a hurry to sell and believe the former Manchester United man to be an important member of their squad. During the last campaign, both Forest and Everton were hit with significant points deductions which pushed them towards the bottom of the Premier League.

While time is running out, Newcastle's FFP worries could prove to be a significant boost to their direct London rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs. Both the Gunners and the Blues hold an interest in the striker Alexander Isak and while Eddie Howe is reluctant to sell the Swede, they could be forced into it at the last moment to avoid sanctions.

Even if Newcastle do decide to stick to their guns, all three clubs would benefit from the Magpies suffering a points deduction which would eliminate them as a realistic threat for the top four next season.