AHEAD OF THE GAME: Premier League and Championship clash

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Premier League and Championship clash over extended domestic summer transfer window… while Mino Raiola escapes sanction from FA after looking into possible rules breach

  • The European transfer window this summer is due to close on August 31 
  • The Premier League clubs want the domestic window open for a further week 
  • Championship clubs rejected this proposal at a meeting this week, however 
  • Further talks are planned between the two leagues to try to broker a solution

Premier League and Championship clubs are at loggerheads over the dates for this summer’s transfer window. 

The European transfer window is due to close on August 31, but the Premier League clubs want to keep the domestic window open for a further week as they did in response to the pandemic last year, when deals between top-flight and EFL clubs were permitted for 11 days after the main window closed on October 5. 

Championship clubs rejected this proposal at a meeting this week, however, on the grounds that it would make them vulnerable to being raided for players by Premier League clubs unable to secure their primary targets from abroad.

Further talks are planned between the two leagues in an attempt to broker a solution, but Championship sources insist they will not back down this year.

Ollie Watkins joined Aston Villa from Championship side Brentford last summer and is now shining in the Premier League

RAIOLA WILL NOT FACE ANY SANCTION 

The FA have obtained copies of contracts and other associated documentation between Mino Raiola and his UK-based players, including Paul Pogba, so he will not face any disciplinary action for breaching rule B1 of the governing body’s intermediary handbook. 

As Sportsmail revealed last week, the FA looked into the matter after Raiola gave an interview stating he did not sign contracts with any of his players, which the intermediaries department found to be untrue, leading to bemusement at Wembley that the agent would make such a claim.


The FA have obtained copies of contracts between Mino Raiola (left) and his UK-based players, including Paul Pogba (right)

DEENEY SELLS HIMSELF SHORT

Troy Deeney’s campaign to get elected as one of two Championship representatives on the PFA’s new Players’ Board may have ended before it really began, after the Watford captain failed to submit an election address or a c.v.

The union have sent an information pack along with ballot papers to all members ahead of next Friday’s voting deadline, and in the sections called ‘meeting the candidates’ and ‘Candidates’ Election Addresses’ a photo of Deeney is accompanied by the words ‘no statement supplied’. 

Deeney would appear to be relying on his public profile.

Tom Heaton’s manifesto in the battle to become one of two Premier League representatives is almost as perfunctory, with the Aston Villa goalkeeper simply stating: ‘I will do all I can to look after the players’ bests interests.’ 

In contrast, Tyrone Mings and Wes Morgan provided very detailed resumes of their skills, experience and ideas for the role, with both emphasising the importance or diversity and doing more for mental health.

Troy Deeney’s bid to become one of two Championship representatives on the PFA’s new Players’ Board may already have ended

Tyrone Mings provided a detailed resume to become one of two top-flight representatives

BARRY OWED MONEY AFTER BOTCHED SWINDON DEAL 

Gareth Barry and his agent Michael Standing are owed over £3.7m in repayments after a botched deal to buy 50 per cent of Swindon Town that has ended up in the High Court. 

Standing and Swindon’s chairman Lee Power are involved in a dispute over an oral contract for the pair to buy a stake in the club in a series of payments, which began with an £800,000 investment in March 2013 and eventually totalled just over £6m, £2.3m of which has been repaid. 

Standing, his firm First Touch Pro Management, Power and Swindon have all been charged by the FA with breaking club ownership rules, while an investigation into Barry is ongoing.  

Power claims Barry was behind the funding, but Standing insists the former England star only lent him the money. 

High Court papers reveal Lindene — a company owned by Barry — is owed £827,000, while the debt to First Touch Pro Management stands at over £2.9m.

Gareth Barry and his agent Michael Standing are owed over £3.7million in repayments

EFL PROBING ALONSO’S MONEY

Prospective new Derby owner Erik Alonso is facing questions from the EFL over the source of his funds before a proposed takeover can be signed off. 

Alonso lodged proof of funds with the EFL this week after reaching an agreement to purchase the club from Mel Morris, but questions remain about his trading history and the money’s origin. 

Alonso’s case may not be helped by the fact that the EFL pushed through a previous takeover attempt at Derby by Sheik Khaled last year after receiving reassurances from Morris. 

There is suspicion Morris took the step of publicising the sale agreement to pressure the EFL to provide endorsement.

Prospective new Derby owner Erik Alonso is facing EFL questions over the source of his funds




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