Arsenal will be one of many European clubs licking their lips at Everton's Financial Fair Play (FFP) punishment. The Toffees were today (Friday) found guilty of breaching FFP rules and deducted 10 points.
The deduction sees Sean Dyche's men drop down to 19th in the Premier League table, level on points with bottom-of-the-table Burnley. The Premier League's decision comes after the Merseyside club reported that they had lost £372million throughout the last three seasons — over £250million over the £105million cap.
Everton had started the season rather well and had looked set to avoid a third straight relegation battle. However, with them now joint-bottom, concerns will start to rise over the future of their star players.
Midfielder Amadou Onana has been linked with a move to the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea since moving to England from Lille. The 22-year-old previously confirmed interest in the summer, admitting his desire to become a regular player at a «top club».
Everton are viewed as a big club by many for their tradition and history in England. However, relegation to the Championship would certainly change Onana's stance on staying.
With the January transfer window opening in over a month's time, Arsenal may look to Onana to replace Thomas Partey. The Gunners are set to be without the midfielder until February 2024 after the 30-year-old underwent a procedure following ongoing injury issues, football.london understands.
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