UEFA are poised to back a ‘summer Champions League’ to start next year in a move which could impact Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
The football governing body are escalating their battle with FIFA over the international calendar as they endorse the idea of essentially expanding the International Champions Cup.
MailOnline are reporting that ‘several of the Premier League’s top clubs’ have backed the idea and want to be involved.
It’s said that the pre-season competition would fight for attention with the Club World Cup, which will be brought forward to June and July in 2021 and played in Shanghai, China.
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The idea for the new Champions League-style competition has come from American promoters Relevent Sports. The company has run the International Champions Cup since 2013.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham were all involved in the 2019 International Champions Cup.
Bayern Munich of Germany were included too, as well as Fiorentina, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus from Italy.
Spain’s Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid were also joined by Mexico’s Guadalajara and Portugal’s Benfica, who ended up winning the trophy.
But the 2021 version could see it endorsed by UEFA, meaning the tournament would be able to use their branding and logo, according to MailOnline.
The participation is set to be changed to ‘qualification based on domestic league position rather than the current system of invitation’.
The US would be in line to stage the tournament and clubs which enter would have an obligation to field their first-choice sides ‘where possible’.