Five English clubs-- Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur--have signed up to a breakaway European Super League, The Times newspaper reported on Sunday.
The only member of the "big six" not to have signed up is Manchester City, the paper said, citing sources with knowledge of the development.
Italy's Serie A held an emergency board meeting on Sunday after reports that three leading clubs, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan, along with broadcaster DAZN, had been involved in the European Super League talks. The meeting comes ahead of Monday's UEFA executive committee at which plans to expand and reform the Champions League, changing the format from 2024, are expected to be agreed.
Corriere dello Sport reported that DAZN, which is owned by billionaire Len Blavatnik's Access Industries, has been working on the formation of this 16-team league, featuring the top clubs in Europe, for some time.