By George Overhill

20th May, 2022 | 5:55pm

Richarlison tops Everton players who may be sold amid legal threat from Leeds United and Burnley

Everton have been threatened with legal action by Leeds United and Burnley and may be forced to sell players over the summer, 90min reports.

According to The Times, both the relegation-threatened sides sent a letter last week demanding details of action from the Premier League over the Toffees’ financial losses.

The latest accounts were released two months ago, revealing £120.9million lost over the most recent period, which meant the three-year total was £371.8million, far more than the permitted £105million.

The club, who secured the Premier League survival against Crystal Palace on Thursday (19 May), remain confident that they are within the rules thanks to £170million of Covid-related write-offs, and said in a statement, via The Times: “If they want to take legal action then they can do so by all means.”

But it appears that a whole host of players are likely to leave the club this summer as they attempt to tackle the financial deficit.

90min reports that the Toffees could be “forced to sell” one of their two attacking stars, who both scored against Palace, Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison.

In addition, they are reported to be “actively trying to move on or willing to sell” Allan, Michael Keane, Andre Gomes, Jonjoe Kenny, Tom Davies, Andros Townsend, Cenk Tosun and Salomon Rondon.

Scrambling

The club is presenting a calm exterior, as they have done regarding the financial problems for weeks now, but it is no small matter if they face legal action from the two sides they just beat to top-flight survival.

As long as the agreement that they have with the league over the huge losses is legally watertight then there shouldn’t be any punishments further down the line.

But if that is a matter of interpretation, an expensive legal fight is not what they need, and the potential fallout could be extremely damaging.

On the player sales front, the latest news may just be the last nail in the coffin for some, as the overall performance this year and the financial concerns may have done for their careers at Goodison anyway.

But after Brazilian forward Richarlison proved so pivotal to avoiding relegation, and England man Calvert-Lewin overcame his own nightmare season to score the clinching goal on Thursday, it would be a major blow to lose either.

The euphoria of the result and safety was huge this week, but it has only taken a matter of hours for a major reminder that things aren’t all rosy at the club.

This could be a significant story over the summer as it is, and fans will have to hope that the only result is that players who were going anyway leave, and the disaster of potential points deductions or stars being forced out doesn’t come to pass.

In other Everton news, Richard Keys reacted live to footage of Frank Lampard celebrating on the roof after the win and warned the club had avoided a “meltdown”.

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