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RUMOURS: Arsenal, Man Utd & England’s big five clubs in talks over QUITTING Champions League

The promise of a guaranteed windfall and continental football on a yearly basis has attracted the attention of club directors, who reportedly met with Stephen Ross on Tuesday

Representatives of five of the Premier League’s most powerful clubs have met to discuss the possibility of breaking away from the Champions League, according to The Sun.

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck (below), Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, Manchester City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and Liverpool’s Ian Ayre were snapped leaving London’s Dorchester Hotel.

And the newspaper reports that the five were in talks with Miami-based businessman Stephen Ross over forming a European Super League, made up of the continent’s elite clubs.

The proposal, if successful, would mean the end of the Champions League, while the new competition would limit the possibility of big clubs missing out due to poor domestic performance, as was the case for United last season and most likely Chelsea and Liverpool in 2016-17.

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