The Premier League’s so-called ‘Big Six’ could become part of a new-look Champions League.
With the threat of a possible European Super League never far from the table, UEFA has reportedly come up with its own plan to fend off any breakaway.
The Sun reports the plans unveiled to the top flight elite would open the way for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham to all share millions in extra Euro revenue from 2024.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Premier League sides would be required to finish in the top four to qualify.
The report goes onto say that European football’s governing body is now working with the European Club Association to find a format acceptable to the biggest clubs.
Despite the already busy fixture schedule, it’s understood clubs want MORE games and thus more guaranteed TV cash.
That has seen them adopt the outline plan of a 36-team league, with each side playing an initial ten matches in seeding brackets to ensure opponents of a similar strength.
However, the biggest clubs in the wealthiest nations are set to benefit the most, with England potentially being allowed up to six sides in the new-look competition – plus FA Cup winners in the Europa League and Carabao Cup holders in the new third-tier Europa Conference League.
In England, Spain, Germany and Italy, top four sides get an automatic place in the Champions League.
But the secondary leagues would offer two or three places, with further slots accessed through play-off rounds to ensure a nominal path to the high table for every country.
Two places would be left open to the two clubs across Europe with the highest coefficient score – calculated by results in UEFA competitions over the previous five seasons who had no qualified by right.
All of the Premier League‘s Big Six are currently rated in Europe’s top 15, meaning they would have a good chance of making it.
However, it’s makes it more difficult for the likes of Leicester, Southampton, Everton or Wolves, who have not been regular European competitors and are thus down the coefficient table.
UEFA hope the format is agreed at April’s Congress of the 55 associations.
European Leagues representative Lars-Christer Olsson said: “It should be possible to squeeze in an extra four dates.”