Chelsea warned by Premier League over FFP ‘loophole’ as transfer hurdle emerges

Ian Maatsen looks set to join Aston Villa from Chelsea this summer.
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Chelsea have been handed a warning by the Premier League amid the suggestion that they are one of three clubs to be using a ‘loophole’ to comply with the league’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSRs) before the end of the month.

The Blues are under pressure to make money to comply with the rules for the three-year period ending in the 2023/24 season. The club may need to sell players before the end of the month to not be in breach of the rules, though it's understood the club are relaxed.

Everton and Aston Villa are two other clubs who find themselves in similar situations. All three clubs have been buying and selling players to each other with some suggestions that a loophole is being used.

Omari Kellyman looks set to join Chelsea from Aston Villa for a deal worth around £20 million with full-back Ian Maatsen moving the other way for a fee of £37.5 million. There has also been talks between the two clubs over a potential move for striker Jhon Duran.

Everton then come into the picture having signed Aston Villa youngster Tim Iroegbunam in a deal worth around £9 million. Everton’s academy product Lewis Dobbin went the other way, completing his move to Villa Park on Sunday.

The Times now report that the Premier League is ‘monitoring’ the transfers to ensure that a rule about clubs acting in good faith is not breached. Clubs have been made aware that charging inflated fees as a loophole to PSRs would be in breach of rule B15 which states all clubs should act in good faith and not attempt to circumvent rules.

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The report adds that other Premier League clubs believe that no rules have been broken, but do believe that a loophole is being exploited. The sales come with the benefit of selling academy-raised players is highlighted.

Clubs can bank the money raised from selling a player from their academy, meaning it will come as a big boost in complying with PRSs. The fee from a player bought by the club can also be amortised over the length of the contract, meaning that the cost can be spread over a maximum five-year contract after new rules on contract lengths were introduced in January.