Several clubs ready to contact Premier League over Allan Saint-Maximin’s Newcastle exit

A number of clubs are preparing to make contact with the Premier League, to voice concerns over Newcastle United star Allan Saint-Maximin’s proposed move to Saudi Arabia, according to reports.

This comes amid claims of a potentially inflated transfer fee.

For those not aware, winger Saint-Maximin is widely expected to seal a move to the Saudi Pro League over the week ahead, after Al Ahli agreed to fork over a sum in the region of £30 million for his services.

Concerns are now understandably being raised, however, as a result of the respective ownership situations at Newcastle and Al Ahli.

The two clubs fall under the same majority ownership group, the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF).

As per David Ornstein of The Athletic:

‘Several English top-flight teams claim the PIF link is being used to inflate Saint-Maximin’s apparent fee and disguise an injection of capital as a transfer fee, in order to help Newcastle comply with financial fair play rules.’

Such clubs are therefore readying an official request, for the Premier League to provide an explanation regarding exactly how market values are established, with a specific focus on Saint-Maximin.

Newcastle, for their part, are said to be ‘very comfortable’ with the valuation placed on the head of the 26-year-old.

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