Chelsea and Newcastle face FFP issue Leeds United will be mindful of as race to sell revealed

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Profit and sustainability concerns will remain the hot topic in this coming transfer window and time will be of the essence for some clubs. The new financial year arrives on July 1, meaning annual losses currently set to break the rules need to be salvaged before the end of June 30.

When he spoke to the media last week, Paraag Marathe stopped short of confirming how much money Leeds United may or may not need to raise before the end of the month. The chairman simply said the board would ensure they would everything required to ensure the club complies with the rules.

Sky Sports News has today reported there are six Premier League clubs that will need to ensure sales are completed before the end of June to avoid risking a breach. Recent points deductions have underlined how seriously clubs must take these financial parameters put in place by the authorities.

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The broadcaster reports Chelsea, Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Everton, Nottingham Forest and Leicester City must address their projected losses before the financial year ends. The report does not explain how much capital each clubs needs to raise, but if it is accurate, those clubs will be vulnerable to bids for their best talent.

The Foxes, for example, hastily forced through sales of Harvey Barnes and James Maddison after their 2023 relegation for the same reason. It remains to be seen whether the Whites will need to take similar action before July arrives.

Asked if there was a time pressure on the sales United may make this summer, Marathe said: “Pressure is probably the wrong word. Are we going to do what we need to do to make sure we are complying? Absolutely.

“I wouldn't say it's pressure because everything we have to do, we've been contemplating for almost a year now and recognising some of the trade-offs we have to make and when we have to make them.

“So pressure is probably just the wrong word. We are prepared to make the moves we have to make.”