Tuilagi bid sparks salary cap row?

Date published: September 16 2015

Saracens are reportedly trying to sign Manu Tuilagi away from Leicester in a bitter salary cap row in the Premiership.

According to the Daily Mail, tension over the salary cap investigation into Saracens and Bath could be about to boil over, with the Premiership champions hoping to lure the England centre away from Welford Road.

While it appeared last week that the salary cap investigation was to be shelved for good, the Daily Mail is reporting that negotiations have since broken down, with Sarries' move for Tuilagi reportedly angering Leicester.

The Tigers had apparently asked Saracens to pull out of their £400,000 bid for Tuilagi, in exchange for agreeing to drop the salary cap investigation, but with Sarries persistent in their advances, the case could be reopened.

If found guilty, last year's Premiership finalists could face fines as well as points deductions, but Bath and Saracens believe the salary cap breaches European trade laws, and have reportedly threatened to take legal action if they face penalties.