Five Premier League clubs are among 11 European teams to have signed up to a breakaway Super League.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are among the teams to sign up, as first reported by The Times.
The move comes amid UEFA’s plan to formally announce their new Champions League format on Monday - having seemingly enjoyed a breakthrough in talks with the European Club Association board on Friday
It is an extraordinary development, led by Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli - head of the ECA - in a bid to shake down European football’s governing body amid the continued disagreement over commercial control of the new-look Champions League.
The Super League is a direct challenge to UEFA, whose cash cow would effectively be slaughtered without its biggest, most glamorous sides.
It had appeared that UEFA had fended off a breakaway Super League with its new Champions League format, which is set to be brought in from 2024.
The so-called ‘Swiss model’ will see teams compete in one 36-team league - instead of the current system where 32 sides are split into eight pools of four - and guarantee each club 10 matches on a seeded basis.
UEFA had also ceded on the contentious point of access that will see two of the extra four spots handed to clubs based on ‘historic co-efficient’.
However, much to the chagrin of the ECA, European football’s governing body is unwilling to hand over a greater say in how the lucrative competition is organised and managed to clubs.
Agnelli is understood to be leading a revolt with clubs demanding greater input in negotiations over broadcast and sponsorship - believing that they can generate more money than UEFA achieves itself.
UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin has been desperate to finalise plans to expand the Champions League to hold off any potential breakaway and backed down to one ECA power play in March, postponing a vote on the reforms.
Now the Premier League quintet, and the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus are seeking to force his hand once again, in a move that would see them continue in their domestic leagues, but all but end Europe's premier club competition.
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