Eddie Howe will have considered Newcastle PSR tactic used by Chelsea and Aston Villa

The June 30th 'mini transfer deadline' is fast approaching as Premier League clubs attempt to balance the books to ensure they do not fall foul of the division's spending rules. Newcastle United are one of those sides who need to sell to ensure they meet their profit and sustainability [PSR] obligations.

In recent days many of Newcastle's rivals have used unofficial 'loopholes' to try and skirt around the controversial rules, with the Premier League looking to further clamp down on clubs finding creative ways to buy and sell. Chelsea, for example, have sold hotels and properties they own to present a better balance sheet, while the Blues have also been involved in cheeky, unofficial swap deals with clubs such as Aston Villa just days before the deadline.

One more 'loophole' of sorts is the 'pure profit' stance, which sees teams sell their academy products and graduates to generate revenue. For Newcastle, it would involve selling someone like Sean Longstaff, Elliot Anderson or Lewis Miley, who were not signed for a transfer fee, therefore being able to register entire profit upon their departure.

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The aforementioned trio are all settled on Tyneside, while Eddie Howe rates and trusts all three midfield stars. Sean Longstaff has been linked with a move to Leicester City this summer, while Elliot Anderson was touted as a potential part exchange in a Newcastle bid for Wolves' Max Kilman.

In an ideal world Newcastle would keep all three stars as Howe looks to build his squad depth with a mix of experience and youth. But in the new, controversial world of Financial Fair Play and PSR restrictions, these sales are becoming more frequent - and as frustrating as ever.

In Newcastle's situation, it would help their PSR problems no end. There would also be less pressure to sell the likes of Yankuba Minteh, Miguel Almiron, Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson, all linked with moves away in recent weeks.

Other clubs have benefitted from such deals in the past, no more than Aston Villa who sold Jack Grealish for £100m after nurturing him throughout their academy before bedding him into first team action in the Championship and Premier League. Chelsea too have made a habit of offloading their homegrown assets.

Football finance expert Kieran Maguire recently summed the situation up to a tee, explaining that while academies were once designed to develop players to enable their first-team rise, now clubs are seeking to improve their homegrown talent simply to sell on for big money.

“What we have seen is the commodification of academy players,” he told the Athletic. “You only have to sell one Mason Mount every four or five years to pay for your academy.

“In the case of Chelsea, they have done fantastically well. Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Billy Gilmour… all of these (former academy) players have generated huge sums in transfer fees.”

It is a scenario Howe will have no doubt pondered with his own crop - but as the PSR deadline looms, it is more likely a player like Minteh departs for big money than any of Newcastle's homegrown talent.