By Dan Plumley

18th Jun, 2022 | 2:10pm

Finance expert: Everton saga could go to trial after Leeds United and Burnley complaints

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Everton could be compelled to go to trial or get into an out-of-court settlement in order to comply with the Premier League financial rules.

That’s according to Dr Dan Plumley who believes that it is a possibility after the recent demands and complaints of Leeds United and Burnley.

According to the BBC, the two sides are stepping up attempts to get the Toffees’ finances independently investigated.

They have also written to the Premier League to look into the Merseyside outfit’s financial situation given the fact they have been on the wrong side of FFP over the past year.

When asked whether this could go trial or even a settlement, the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Goodison News:

“On face value, it appears like it’s going to happen (trial or out-of-court settlement).

“Put that into perspective with the finances of Burnley and the £65million they now owe to their owners after relegation.

“Irrespective of that, you can see why they’re trying to pursue this along with Leeds. In the past there have been out-of-court settlements with Derby and Middlesbrough examples.

“It even happened with the Carlos Tevez transfer saga between West Ham and Sheffield United.”

Everton have posted losses of £372million over the past three years.

The Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules allow for losses of £105million over three years but the Toffees claim that Covid-19 losses over the past two seasons amount to £170million – which could be deducted from their total.

In other Everton news, the Toffees have submitted a bid to seal a major summer signing and the player is already on his way to England.

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