Just one day before UEFA announces what the Champions League will look like for the coming years, 'The Times' dropped a bombshell this Sunday 18 April: the European Super League is imminent.
According to the British newspaper, the alternative for Europe's top teams to the traditional Champions League is closer than ever to becoming reality, with a format of 15 'founder' teams which would remain the same, as well as five others that would qualify depending on their performance during the season. In other words, 20 teams in total which would be split between two groups of ten.
'The Times', as well as 'Marca', have reported that the Super League proposal is about to become a reality, with Manchester United and Real Madrid as the spearheads of the project. 'Los Blancos', according to reports, have worked with Key Captial as the financer to ensure the viability of the project, which would create an earthquake in the world of European football. It would also be financed by the giant JP Morgan.
12 teams have already signed their contracts
It has been reported from England that, as well as United, the other big clubs that would take part in the Super League have already signed the agreements looking towards their entry into the competition, which are: Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, City and Tottenham.
Both PSG and Barcelona, dominators of Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga respectively, would also be in the competition, although they remain in the shadows to see what events unfold.
Regarding the organisation of the competition, Florentino Perez (Real Madrid) would be the president, whilst John W. Henry (Liverpool), Joel Glazer (Manchester United), Stan Kroenke (Arsenal) and Andrea Agnelli (Juventus) would be the vice-presidents, 'Daily Mail' explained.
UEFA goes on the attack
The intention of the clubs that would be present in the Super League is to convince their domestic competitions that the project would neither damage nor affect their home competitions and would simply serve as a replacement for the Champions League.
At the moment, however, the leagues would not be keen on the idea in its current form. For the 2021/22 season, they would see a reduction of between 30 and 50 million euros (from TV rights) from the clubs that decide to withdraw from the Champions League.
UEFA themselves did not take long to respond and, in an official statement from both the organisation and the federations of the top leagues, the European body has assured that, in the case they go ahead with the proposal, the clubs in question would not be able to compete in any other competition at national, European or world level, and that their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.