Manchester United and Liverpool are key movers in talks to form a £4.6bn ‘European Premier League’ involving five English clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona and the top sides in Italy and Germany… days after their Project Big Picture was axed
- Liverpool and Manchester United are in talks over a groundbreaking new league
- A new report has detailed talks worth £4.6billion for a European Premier League
- It is believed that FIFA back the proposals which could include five English sides
- Liverpool and Manchester United have already failed with Project Big Picture
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.
Project Big Picture was dismissed as a possibility with clubs concerned at the level of power clubs such as Liverpool and United would assume under the restructure.
The groundbreaking proposals would see more than a dozen teams across England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain become founding members of the new competition.
There is a provisional date of 2022 for the European Premier League to get underway and as many as five English teams could be involved in it.
Governing body FIFA have reportedly been involved in the talks over the European Premier League.
Real Madrid are expected to make up part of the Spanish contingent in the new competition
Lionel Messi’s Barcelona would join them in a competition among Europe’s elite teams
The 18-team competition is expected to involve fixtures played during the normal European club season.
A typical league format would follow before the top-performing teams would enter a knockout competition to crown a champion.
The report goes on to add that prize money for the winning side is expected to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds every single year.
While there has been no official confirmation of the bold proposals, it is expected that it could arrive before the end of the month.
Along with Liverpool and Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham are seen as other potential candidates for the European Premier League.
But if the original report is correct, one of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ would miss out as part of the restructure.
More to follow.