Everton keep completed James Tarkowski deal quiet in light of Burnley legal threat
Everton have completed the signing of James Tarkowski but will not be announcing it before the end of the month, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The 29-year-old centre-back is leaving Burnley at the end of the month when his contract expires, and has signed a deal at Goodison Park.
But in light of fact that the Clarets made a pact with Leeds, to potentially bring a legal challenge against the Toffees over their financial losses [Telegraph], the club are holding off unveiling their new player in order to avoid riling the Turf Moor club.
Everton have maintained throughout the debate about the economic state at the club that they are in the clear and are working closely with the Premier League on the issue.
Burnley ended up being relegated to the Championship and the Toffees stayed up, and due to what the Echo calls a “sensitive relationship” and “delicate situation” between the two currently it appears the club don’t want to risk upsetting them by showing off Tarkowski yet.
Walking on egg shells
If the Toffees are as confident as they say that they have done nothing wrong with the finances then it is strange that they would be so cautious about this.
The signing of Tarkowski is a major positive because the defence badly needs help and as the club hasn’t got a lot of funds to play with a free transfer for a proven top flight operator is a strong signing.
If it weren’t for the lingering legal threat they would surely wish to be trumpeting it from the roof tops, especially since the news around a potential exit for star forward Richarlison is everywhere.
But they are tiptoeing around the Clarets, presumably in an attempt to not provoke them into bringing the threatened challenge.
If the club were obliged to fight a battle in court then the legal costs could be expensive whether they are in the right or not so it is probably sensible to avoid that.
But if Burnley are going to be annoyed about the situation they are surely still going to be annoyed in two weeks time on 1 July.
An abundance of caution may be commendable since there has been issue after issue at the club in recent years, but these actions may just sow a seed of doubt as to how confident the board actually are over their agreement with the Premier League.
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