Premier League clubs will discuss the £900million EFL deal on Tuesday - and who will end up paying for it.
The 20 top-flight clubs meet at a shareholders’ meeting with the financial package high on the agenda with the finer details still to be agreed. Clubs are still determined to see the Big Six pay a bigger share of the revenue which will be shared throughout the wider football pyramid.
But there is hope of an agreement to stop football’s new independent regulator having to intervene. The EFL have effectively agreed the package in principle but cost controls, the share of the cost and a potential replacement for parachute payments still need to be thrashed out.
The new TV deal is also certain to be discussed with hopes rising that there will be a significant increase while third-party ownership is also on the agenda. Clubs are pushing for a ban on loans to be introduced between associated clubs ahead of the January transfer window to stop the likes of Newcastle from signing players from Saudi Arabia.
Newcastle are owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund which also owns Saudi Pro League clubs. The Magpies have a shortage in midfield with several key players absent, such as Sandro Tonali following his betting ban that will sideline him for months.
Ruben Neves had been touted as a potential target as the association between PIF-owned clubs could've aided any possible deal for the Portuguese star, who previously excelled whilst at Wolves.
Eddie Howe said on the matter: “I will let you decide why those rules are coming in. That's not for me to comment on. We will work within the rules the Premier League set and we have to respect those rules, whatever they are. I have to be careful and draw a line on what I can talk about.
"I'm not involved in that world, I'm involved in the football world. We want to compete on the pitch within the rules that are set for us. It’s difficult for me to give you chapter and verse because it’s not a situation I’m in any control over. I’m reacting to what is happening.
"It’s probably better that you draw conclusions to that, not me. I wouldn’t know the motives behind the rule changes coming in. It’s very difficult for me to give a definitive opinion, we just have to react to the changes as they come in.”
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