Man Utd & Liverpool in talks to join European Premier League

Liverpool and Manchester United could become founder members of the proposed European Premier League
Liverpool and Manchester United could become founder members of the proposed European Premier League (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United and Liverpool are involved in negotiations to become founder members of a new FIFA-backed tournament which would shatter the landscape of domestic European football.

The proposed European Premier League is likely to involve the leading 18 teams on the continent and the new format, according to Sky News, is being developed by world football’s governing body.

United and Liverpool are not the only English clubs said to have been sounded out, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham reported to have been approached.

The competition, which would ultimately undermine the highly successful and lucrative UEFA-run Champions League, could commence as early as 2022 and would see the highest ranked teams progress to a knockout tournament.

Sky News claims that financiers are attempting to raise an astonishing $6bn to get the project off the ground an a formal announce could be due in a matter of weeks.

The European Premier League could spell curtains for the Champions League
The European Premier League could spell curtains for the Champions League (Picture: Getty)

The report comes little over a week since English football’s two traditional powerhouses saw their plan to radically reshape domestic football under the guise of ‘Project Big Picture’ rejected out of hand.

The plan plan proposed a £250 million bailout for the EFL and a larger share of broadcast revenue in return for the Premier League’s top-six clubs being given significant power.

However, Premier League clubs outside the top six raised their concerns during an emergency meeting and will not push ahead with the proposal.

A Premier League statement released last week said: ‘Premier League Shareholders today unanimously agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football.

‘Premier League clubs also agreed that Project Big Picture will not be endorsed by the Premier League, any of its clubs or The FA.’

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