Leeds United handed Premier League PSR warning amid top stars 'fire sale' worries

Crysencio Summerville of Leeds United looks on  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sunderland at Elland Road on April 09, 2024 in Leeds, England.
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Leeds United could now face some serious bids for the top stars as the Premier League's profit and sustainabilty deadline has passed.

Despite achieving a brilliant 90-point season in the Championship, one win in their last six league games meant the Whites were condemned to third-place and into the Playoffs while Ipswich Town and champions Leicester City went up to the Premier League automatically.

But although they demolished Norwich City 4-0 in the second-leg of their semi-final, they couldn't carry that momentum over to Wembley where they were left heartbroken following their 1-0 defeat to Southampton, knowing that they'd have to fight for promotion for a second straight season.

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What it has meant is that stars like Crysencio Summerville, who scored 21 goals across all competitions last season, Archie Gray, Wilfried Gnonto and Georginio Rutter may not actually play for the Whites much longer with teams from the top flight already looking at pinching from their talent pool of young, impressive stars.

With so many of their key assets under threat, there's no doubt Leeds will be keeping a close eye on the clubs coming in for their talents and what business they have already done and will do in the future. In particular, now the Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSRs) deadline has passed, clubs can reassess their purchasing power for the remainder of the window.

Chelsea's sales of Ian Maatsen to Aston Villa, Michael Golding to Leicester, Jamie Cumming to Oxford United and Lewis Hall to Newcastle United already this summer have given them enough of a stopgap against the PSR regulations to be able to bring in stars of their own.

Young talent Omari Kellyman and soon-to-be midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall are just the first two - not counting Tosin Adarabioyo from Fulham on a free - arrivals of their summer and yet they can be sure to ramp up their spending now the deadline has passed, making their attempts to sign players like Summerville and Gray even more deadly as they won't be held back as much by the regulations due to having another whole year to balance out the books.

Villa's own sale of Douglas Luiz to Juventus at the weekend presents the very same threat, along with Newcastle's own sales of Elliot Anderson and Yankuba Minteh. Farke's side failing to achieve promotion will no doubt cause a devastating blow to their hopes of retaining many of their important players, with even the likes of Illan Meslier set for an exit to France ahead of the coming campaign.

Ultimately, clubs in the top flight know they'll have both time and resources to be able to iron out any issues they may have within their squads following last night's deadline and will address them as such, making teams like Leeds down in the Championship and weary of sales easy prey for their big wallets. The price for losing that play-off final at Wembley wasn't just missing out on that potential £300m boost in the financial department, it's now much, much worse.