Just a week after it was revealed they were the driving forces behind Project Big Picture, Liverpool and Manchester United are reportedly in talks to set up a European Premier League.
The talks, estimated to be worth £4.6billion, have been revealed by Sky News in another bombshell power-play by England’s two biggest sides to re-shape the face of the game.
More than a dozen teams from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are in negotiations about becoming founder members of the competition.
As many as five English clubs could sign up to join it, with a provisional start date said to have been discussed as early as 2022.
Sources said that FIFA, football’s world governing body, had been involved in developing the new format, which is expected to comprise up to 18 teams, and involve fixtures played during the regular European season.
The top-placed teams in the league would then play in a knockout format to conclude the tournament, with prize money for the winners expected to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds each year.
One football industry figure said that a formal announcement about the plans was possible as soon as the end of this month, although on Tuesday a number of key details – including the full list of participating clubs – had yet to be finalised and the plans could still fall apart.
The source described it as “potentially the most important development in world club football for decades”.
Xavi To Sign New Deal With Al Sadd – With Barcelona Clause
Xavi is set to sign a new deal with Al Sadd.
The Barcelona great will commit to the Qataris to June 2023.
However, AS says the contract will also include a ‘Barca clause’ which will allow Xavi to leave for his former club without a fee needed to break the agreement.
The former Spain midfielder is due to put pen to paper this week.
Xavi led Al Sadd to the Qatari title last season.
Tottenham Interested in Barcelona Defender Emerson Royal
Estadio Deportivo says Spurs are among a number of potential suitors interested in taking on the player, who currently plays his football at Real Betis.
The Catalan giants are keen to sell the 22-year-old and have put a £21million (€25m) price tag on the Brazilian.
Barca currently own 50 per cent of the player but have the option to purchase another 30 per cent from Betis if they so wish.
But Betis, who would like to keep him, cannot afford to sign him permanently due to lack of funds.
Emerson’s current deal with Betis runs until the end of the season, when Barcelona will have the option to sign him for £5.2m.
Barcelona Becomes World’s Richest Club Ahead of Real Madrid (See Top 10)
Real topped the rankings two years ago, which was the last time the list was published
Here’s the full list below, according to Forbes:
- Barcelona – $4.76billion (£3.46bn)
- Real Madrid – $4.75billion (£3.46bn)
- Bayern Munich – $4.22billion (£3.07bn)
- Manchester United – $4.2billion (£3.06bn)
- Liverpool – $4.1billion (£2.98bn)
- Manchester City – $4billion (£2.91bn)
- Chelsea – $3.2billion (£2.33bn)
- Arsenal – $2.8billion (£2.04bn)
- Paris Saint-Germain – $2.5billion (£1.82bn)
- Tottenham Hotspur – $2.3billion (£1.67bn)
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