Nottingham Forest mini transfer window explained and why announcements may be delayed

Moussa Niakhate is expected to join Lyon from Nottingham Forest
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June 30 has long been on the calendar as an important date for Nottingham Forest, but Sunday might not bring immediate clarity where the financial rules are concerned.

The end of the month marks the deadline for the next Profitability and Sustainability Rules assessment period. The Reds know the consequences of falling foul of the regulations having been docked four points last season for doing so.

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo spoke earlier this year about the need to learn lessons from that sanction. Avoiding a repeat scenario in 2024/25 is important for Forest.

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To do that, they are under pressure to raise funds as they look to balance the books. And with that in mind, the impending sales of Moussa Niakhate and Orel Mangala to Lyon will provide a timely boost.

The PSR deadline has created something of a mini transfer window for clubs looking to avoid a breach. However, the situation might not be completely clearcut with the passing of that date.

According to the BBC, deals cannot be processed on June 30 itself because it is not classed as a working day. As a result, it might be Monday (July 1) when some transfers are confirmed and registered.

Additionally where the Reds are concerned, the Ligue 1 transfer window officially opens on Monday. Niakhate was reportedly due to have medical tests on Friday but it could be any announcement comes on July 1, assuming all has gone to plan.

The defender signed for Forest from Mainz for roughly £13 million two years ago. There has been some discrepancy about the fee involved for his anticipated move to Lyon, but transfer guru Fabrizio Romano put it at £20m.

Mangala spent the second half of last term on loan with the French outfit. His switch was always expected to become a permanent one this summer.

The Telegraph have reported selling the duo to Lyon “should be enough” for the Reds to avoid another PSR breach. They need to raise roughly £20m profit to comply with their permitted losses.

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