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 league, estimated to be worth £4.6billion, has 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 out of hand with clubs concerned at the level of power clubs such as Liverpool and United would assume under the restructure.
This new groundbreaking proposal 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.
Wall Street giant JP Morgan is reportedly in talks to provide $6bn (£4.6bn) in debt financing to help get the European Premier League off the ground.
It is anticipated that future broadcast income generated by the league would work as a repayment.
Should the league get the green light, it would immediately become one of the most lucrative divisions in world football.
Former Liverpool defender and current Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher aired his annoyance after news of the proposed league broke.
He tweeted: ‘Oh f*** off’ in response to the story about Liverpool and Manchester United’s leading role in talks.
His Sky colleague Gary Neville was also quick to give his thoughts, questioning whether there needs to be an independent regulator to stop situations like this occurring time and time again.
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.
Teams would be paid ‘lucrative sums’ to join the competition. Manchester United and Real Madrid are reported to be in line for the largest welcome fee.
The growing concern for European governing body UEFA is that any European Premier League would all-but replace the pre-existing Champions League. It is unclear if UEFA support the proposals at this stage.
Opposition from UEFA would likely leave their fractious relationship with FIFA in danger of complete collapse with the two governing bodies then at odds over their flagship club competition.
While there has been no official confirmation of the bold plan, it is expected that it could arrive before the end of the month.
Key Capital Partners, a Spanish finance company, are said to have played a key role in talks so far.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who has long advocated for a Super League format for Europe’s elite, is another figure credited with a significant role in the latest proposals.
Sky’s report details that the latest version of the hotly-debated Super League for clubs like Real Madrid has been drafted over the last 12 months.
Current Champions League winners Bayern Munich denied their potential involvement when quizzed by Sky.
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.
It currently remains unclear exactly how the league would play out but it is reported that it would not take the form of a breakaway and clubs would still compete in their traditional domestic leagues.
News of the European Premier League comes soon after Project Big Picture dominated conversation in the English game.
Under that proposal, a bailout would have been provided to the English Football League [EFL] but, in turn, more power would be handed to the ‘Big Six’.
Those plans also looked to reduce the Premier League to an 18-team competition, with only two sides automatically relegated each season.
The League Cup and Community Shield were to be scrapped under Liverpool and United’s plans for an overhaul of the English game.
Plans were quickly dismissed by the Premier League as well as the UK Government amid a period where clubs in the top flight have warned they are losing as much as £100m a month without supporters in stadiums.
Earlier this month the EFL rejected a bail-out offering of £50m from the Premier League to aid teams in League One and League Two.
Source: Daily Mail
Hearts Of Oak To Axe Top Star Benjamin Afutu Over New Contract Delays
Accra Hearts of Oak are considering freezing out their top-notch midfielder Benjamin Afutu over his refusal to extend his expiring contract, Ghanasoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The 24-year-old was initially axed from the club’s list of players to be selected for Sunday’s Ghana Premier League match against Inter Allies.
That is because he has refused to have sit-down talks with the management of the Accra-based giants over extension of his contract that expires next month.
However coach Edward Odoom recalled the talented player to join Saturday morning’s training ahead of the away game against their city rivals.
That was because on Friday the former Karela United player was not included in their squad list for the match.
But after talks between management and the coaching staff, Afutu was recalled to join Saturday’s training and could be in contention for selection for the match.
The sticking point still remains that the Phobians have been unable to get Afutu to sit down to agree on terms to be proposed for the extension of his contract.
The midfielder’s contract expires in just four weeks and without a contract extension, Hearts will lose the player even before the first round ends.
Afutu will move from the club on a free transfer and compound the contract extension problems for the Phobians who have recently lost several players who refused to extend their contracts.
As such the initial move not to include him in the squad for the Inter Allies game shows that Hearts are not keen on giving the player the platform to market himself and then leave in a few days later to a rival team for free.
The move by coach Odoom shows that Hearts might have made some progress in getting the player to talk over a new contract and terms but are also willing to crack the whip to stop players refusing to extend their expiring contracts.
Our investigations show that management of the club have done all they could to extend the contract of the player but the demands of the player is huge and the club is not ready to pay that gargantuan for the player to stay.
Insiders say the club’s management has asked the coach to take him out of the club’s plan and give Niger star midfielder Mamane Lawali and Abdul Aziz Nurudeen the opportunity to start more games to build their confidence.
Afutu is a hard working midfielder who can pass well, tackle and shoot from long range. He joined the 20-time Ghana Premier League Champions in the year 2018 and has proven to be the best defensive midfielder in the team.
He has paired up perfectly with Emmanuel Nettey and Fredrick Ansah Botchway in the middle has won the club more matches following this partnership.
Hearts Of Oak signed Niger Midfielder Mamane Lawale this season and he could be the direct replacement of Afutu Kotey this season.
The 23-year-old defensive midfielder who played for Al Merreikh in Sudan tasted his first premier league game against Ashgold in the Week Two of the Ghana Premier League and was superb.
Nigeria International Moves To Morocco
Nigeria’s Super Eagles striker, Sikiru Alimi continues his football sojourn in the North Africa, as he switched from Tunisia Lique One to Morocco’s Botola League. GBAfrica Sports reporter in Nigeria Confirme to as that,
The former Lobi Stars of Markurdi attacker was the star player for the Stade De Tunis last season scoring couple of goals for the club.
Newly promoted Moroccan club Mas De Fes announced his arrival on Tuesday morning on a 2-year deal.
“The MAS is happy to announced the arrival of Adewale Alimi . The 24 year old Nigeria engages with the club up to 2023,” the club confirmed.
Before leaving Nigeria, Alimi represented Nigeria’s Super Eagles B Team in the qualifier of Championship of African Nations (CHAN)
CAF Champions League: Impossible Is Nothing – Plateau United Striker
Ahead of the second leg of the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League against Simba SC of Tanzania, striker of Plateau United, Sunday Adetunji remain optimistic, saying the NFL winners are capable of turning the table against the Tanzanian side, GBAfricaSports reports.
The Nigeria representative suffered a surprise home defeat to the Tanzanian side which jeopardized the ambition of the club going through to the next round.
The former Enyimba international attacker maintained that they can do the unthinkable by upsetting the Tanzanians when the two the teams meet this weekend.
“Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.
We believe! We are United!! It’s Possible,” he said.
Having lost 0-1 in Nigeria in the first leg, the Jos based team will need to score at least two goals without conceding to be able to progress to the next round of the competition.
Kotoko-Southampton Unveiling To Be Done In The UK
Kotoko and English club, Southampton will soon announce their partnership, according to a report by Kumasi Base Radio Station FM Sports.
According to the report, the unveiling will be done in the United Kingdom and the English club would give the Ghanaian club, over a million pound as part of the deal.
Southampton will help Kotoko establish a youth academy and also help the club’s technical team.
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