Manchester City and Chelsea have reportedly become the first two clubs to plan their exits from the proposed European Super League.

In the last 48 hours, the footballing world had been rocked after it was confirmed that that the English top-flight's so-called 'big six' of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, intended to join a new breakaway tournament.

It was to consist of those clubs, along with AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.

The move prompted fierce backlash on social media and was condemned by football authorities, fans, political leaders and pundits - before receiving criticism from high profile names in football such as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Man City boss Pep Guardiola.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez - also the president of the proposed competition - gave the first public interview from one of those involved on Spanish TV late on Monday night and professed they will "save football" in controversial claims, sparking more unrest.

But now, following protests outside Stamford Bridge and Elland Road prior to Chelsea vs Brighton and Leeds vs Liverpool, the future of the unwanted tournament looks to be in serious jeopardy.

BBC Sport report that Chelsea are preparing documentation to request their withdrawal, while further reports in the national media claim Man City have told organisers they no longer want to be part of the £4.6billion scheme.

Those two clubs were the final two to sign up, amid fears of being left behind but talkSPORT claim that all 12 clubs will meet tonight to discuss the disbanding of the ESL.