Clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City could be offered £175million to participate in a Qatar “Dream Football League”.
A report from The Times says the Qatari royal family are backing plans to establish a rival to the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.
If the plans, which are set to be released in the coming weeks, are implemented the tournament will take place every two years in the summer starting from 2015, being hosted in Qatar and neighbouring Emirates.
The report claims the organisers will look to have 16 permanent DFL members from Europe’s leading leagues and eight other clubs from world football being invited to take part in each tournament.
They are hoping the sums involved will mean the permanent members, which could include the Premier League’s most prominent clubs in Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, would place it above the Champions League and even their domestic leagues in level of importance.
The report says the move will provide with Qatar a chance to prove their claims that they can host a summer tournament in the severe heat by using state of the art air conditioning technology to cool stadiums and cities.
Income that could be gained from the DFL would dwarf the £595million annual prize fund for the Champions League.
Arsenal’s commercial income would be hugely boosted by participation in the tournament, while the report also claims it would provide priceless support to clubs such as Manchester City and PSG as they try to avoid breaching UEFA’s new Financial Fair Play regulations.
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