European Super League contracts revealed with Real Madrid and Barcelona earning £52m MORE than English big 6

DETAILS of the contracts for the failed European Super League have been revealed with Real Madrid and Barcelona enjoying the best terms.

The La Liga rivals would have earned a whopping £52m more than any other teams in the competition including those from England.

MeanwhileSunSport has exclusively revealed that an offer to the Old Firm to join is top of the list of plans being actively discussed for reform of the Premier League.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below from this developing story…

  • Josh Graham

    CASH RICH

    Leaked details of the Super League contracts reveal that Barcelona and Real Madrid were due to cash in over £52m more than other sides.

    The El Clasico pair are the only sides along with Juventus to not publicly state their withdrawal from the breakaway league.

  • Josh Graham

    GUNNER BE JUICY

    AFTV host Robbie Lyle clashes with Gunners legend Ray Parlour over whether the YouTube channel want Arsenal to lose to get more hits.

  • Josh Graham

    SPURS SPENDERS

    Daniel Levy needs to back the next Tottenham manager in the transfer market if he wants take the club to the next level.

    That is the view of Alan Hutton, who was in the last Spurs team to win a trophy when they lifted the League Cup in 2008, as Ryan Mason leads out the North North Londoners against Man City in Sunday's Carabao Cup final.

    He said: “For me that's always been Tottenham’s problem – they get so far and just when they get to that stage when you think they are going to kick on, they don’t.

    “When you reach that stage, you have to keep spending to bring in better players and improve the squad. Yet it has just felt to me Tottenham have never really wanted to do that.

    “The top teams are always adding to what they already have. But when Tottenham have got to a certain level to challenge they have always just been content to stay there.

    “I think money has been a major part of it. When Tottenham have done well and needed to improve the squad they haven’t been prepared to spend the money and really go for it.

    “Daniel needs to decide what he wants Tottenham to be in terms of playing style and whether he really wants then to go for it now and reach that next level.

    “They always seem to be almost just there, never quite there, just falling short. If they really want to kick on now they are going to need to invest a lot of money to compete with the other clubs up there.”

  • Josh Graham

    SOL-LESS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at the botched plan for a European Super league being driven by his own boss Joel Glazer.

    The Manchester United manager only became aware of it on the day it was announced last Sunday and has since had to confront an angry group of protestors at the club’s training ground.

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    Solskjaer said: “I didn't like the concept, it has to be on sporting merit, I want to earn the right to play in Europe.

    “We know we've been pioneers and we've been in Europe for many, many years, with the Busby Babes, we want to be part of a successful European campaign again. One of my best nights was something we worked really hard towards.

    “You can't be given it because your name is such and such, you have to earn the right to be there. And I've always felt and believed in stepping out of your comfort zone, being afraid of failure, that spurs you on, living on the edge a little bit, and that wasn't part of this.

    “My players last season were excellent, when I talk about this fear of failure, they were afraid of not making Champions League because we were so many points behind. They pulled themselves together as a team, achieved third, a very good achievement, this year striving towards trophies, and we're second.

    “I back my team to be in the top in Europe. But I still think that fear of failure is helping us do that and being a sporting competitor as I am and my nature is not being handed this, we can't be handed a place, that's my opinion.

    “I'm very happy all of the clubs have admitted their mistake, this was a bad idea, and the way it came out as well.”

  • Josh Graham

    TON OF CHECKS

    Manchester United have beefed up their security at Carrington after fans broke into the training complex yesterday – and even boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to prove who he was.

    As the players arrived for drills today, two security guards greeted them at the entrance.

    Even United gaffer Solskjaer was stopped by two burly high-vis-wearing men.

    He appeared to be asked to remove his sunglasses to prove he really was the Red Devils leader.

    Around 20 supporters stormed Carrington on Thursday to voice their anger at the club's owners and their attempt to join the breakaway European Super League.

    The group made it on to the first-team pitch and refused to leave until manager Solskjaer came and spoke to them.

  • Josh Graham

    VEST-ED INTEREST

    Southampton are set to face interest from home and abroad as they look to keep Jannik Vestergaard.

    Tottenham are rumoured to be keen on the centre-back along with Serie A pair Juventus and Roma.

    Vestergaard, 28, has been a regular in the Saints line-up since a 2018 move from Borussia Monchengladbach.

    But his contract expiring in 2022 could force the club’s hand if serious interest arises in the summer.

    According to Italian portal TuttoMercatoWeb, Spurs are working on setting up a meeting with the player’s entourage.

    Roma could steal a march on their progress however with club general manager Tiago Pinto tipped to discuss a switch with Vestergaard’s representatives next week.

  • Josh Graham

    BAR-D MOVE

    Cash-strapped Barcelona have released a bizarre statement saying they joined the European Super for 'financial sustainability' – despite spending almost £1BILLION on transfers in the last five seasons.

  • Josh Graham

    WEMBLEY WAY

    England have been given a major euro 2020 boost after Uefa moved the Three Lions’ prospective last 16 game to Wembley.

    But hopes that the country would get all of the matches stripped from Dublin have been dashed – with the three group games due to be played in the Irish capital now moved to St Petersburg.

    The news is a huge positive for Gareth Southgate and his men, who can now play SIX of their potential seven games in the tournament under the Arch.

    England were due to play in the last 16 – against the runner up from the group including France, Portugal and Germany – at the Aviva on June 29 if they came out top of their opening group with Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic.

    Now, though, they will retain home advantage and play at Wembley if they can finish at the head of Group D.

    It means that, if England can win the group, their path to the Final would be entirely at Wembley apart from a last eight match in Rome on July 3.

    The decision was taken by Uefa’s ruling executive committee this morning after an emergency session.

    Dublin and Bilbao – due to host all three of Spain’s group games – lost their hosting rights after being unable to give Uefa the guarantees demanded by President Aleksander Ceferin that fans would be allowed to attend matches.

  • Josh Graham

    SEAD & DONE

    Lazio are ready to make their move to land Arsenal outcast Sead Kolasinac, according to reports.

    The left-back will return to the Gunners in the summer following a six-month loan stint at Schalke.

    Kolasinac has been a mainstay in the Schalke side but failed to help save them from relegation to the second tier.

    The 27-year-old and his team-mates were pelted with eggs from furious fans following their disastrous season.

    And although Schalke would be interested in a permanent deal, the actions from supporters are likely to do nothing to convince Kolasinac to stay.

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Italian giants Lazio are ready to take advantage.

    The reports add how they admire his experience and believe he could be a vital addition to the squad and with his contract expiring in 2022 this is Arsenal's last chance to cash in.

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  • Josh Graham

    FAST SWITCH

    Leicester ace Wesley Fofana was subbed off after an hour of the win over West Brom because he is fasting for Ramadan.

    The French defender, 20, started in a back three alongside Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu at the King Power last night.

    But he was replaced with 61 minutes on the clock by Marc Albrighton.

    And Brendan Rodgers confirmed it was because his young centre-back hadn't eaten or drank since sunrise.

    The Foxes boss told BBC Radio Leicester: "He’s a young player in the middle of Ramadan so hasn’t eaten.

    "It’s remarkable to think of his performance at the weekend. To still perform to that level was incredible.

    "He finds that strength to train and play. He’s a special talent and a big player for us."

    Ramadan started on April 13 this year and will end with the celebration of Eid on May 12 or 13.

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  • Josh Graham

    OWN GOAL

    Former Barcelona player and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker was awfully disappointed at Barcelona's Super League statement.

    The cash-strapped Catalan giants said they would put the concept to fans but through it was necessary.

  • Josh Graham

    PM TO THE RESCUE

    Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin has hailed PM Boris Johnson for helping save European football by leading the national 'revolution'.

    Johnson’s dramatic intervention and promises to bring in laws to block the Super League breakaway cut off the legs of the 'dirty dozen' plotters.

    Ceferin said: “Boris Johnson is aware that football fans are from the working class.

    “They live hard, and they spend the last money to watch football matches, which is their passion, relaxation, which is part of European culture, part of history.

    “It seemed to me the reaction was very logical – he cared what happened to football, because that would affect the people, of course."

    Ceferin added: “In England there are so many fans and they love their club immensely. If the fans get angry, it is a kind of revolution. And no country can afford that.

    “I find it very responsible from the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to take a sharp stand on the side of the fans, not only because of the culture and love of football, but also because it ensures order in the country.

    “We were in contact and I also spoke to his cabinet. They responded excellently."

  • Josh Graham

    UR ON

    Liverpool face a fight for Ugurcan Cakir after Borussia Dortmund emerged as contenders for the Turkish goalkeeper.

    The 25-year-old came through the Trabzonspor academy to cement his place as the side's first-choice shot-stopper and captain.

    According to Fotospor, via Fanatik, the race is on to snap up Cakir with Liverpool and Dortmund both keen.

    The Reds are set to wave goodbye to back-up keeper Adrian when his contract expires in the summer.

    That would leave Irish youngster Caoimhin Kelleher as first reserve to Alisson Becker amid talk of a new addition.

    But Dortmund have already reportedly lodged a £17million bid for Cakir.

    It is thought the Super Lig side want upwards of £25m for their star man as well as a 25 per cent sell-on clause.

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  • Josh Graham

    NO MOR SUPER LEAGUE

    Super League bankrollers JP Morgan have pledged to learn from the breakaway debacle after revealing they misjudged the situation.

    The investment bank were due to stump up a 3.5billion euros loan for the Dirty Dozen before the Big Six pulled out and the project crumbled.

    A statement from a JP Morgan spokesperson read: "We clearly misjudged how this deal would be viewed by the wider football community and how it might impact them in the future.

    "We will learn from this."

  • Josh Graham

    RON THE WAY HOME?

    Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘tempted’ by a return to Manchester United, according to reports.

    The Portuguese star became a legend at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009, winning his first Ballon d’Or and Champions League gongs during his time in the North West.

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    According to Gazzetta dello Sport, CR7 is growing unhappy at Juve, with a return to Old Trafford starting to cross his mind.

    Ronaldo has failed to go beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League since swapping Real Madrid for Juve in 2018.

    And this season, under Andrea Pirlo, the Old Lady appear unlikely to even win Serie A – currently sat in fourth, 11 points behind Inter Milan.

    In fact, Juve are only two points above fifth-placed Napoli, opening them up to the unthinkable possibility of not even qualifying for the Champions League.

    Struggling financially due to Ronaldo’s wages and the effect of the coronavirus pandemic, Juventus could benefit from offloading the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

  • Josh Graham

    CAN'T STAN YOU NOW

    Arsenal fans are set to call for Stan Kroenke's departure from the club at an Emirates Stadium protest on Friday night.

    Before the Gunners' game with Everton, a number of supporters are expected to express their outrage at the European Super League and general running of the club.

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    American billionaire Kroenke, 73, joined the board of the Premier League outfit in 2008 and became majority shareholder three years later.

    In that time the side have won four FA Cups but slipped out of title contention, and are set to miss out on a top-four finish for the fifth year in a row.

    Already-brewing fan discontent exploded during the week as ninth-placed Arsenal signed up to the European Super League plot.

    Protests across all six of the English sides committed to the project led to its collapse and the Gunners' board was forced to apologise.

    However, supporters remain determined to see Kroenke and son Josh, a director at Emirates Stadium, leave North London.

    The hashtag #KroenkeOut has been adopted by many Gooners online ahead of Friday's protest at the ground.

  • Josh Graham

    ALL BARC NO BITE

    Cash-strapped Barcelona backed the need for a Super League but confirmed they would put the idea to its members.

    FULL BARCELONA STATEMENT

    "FC Barcelona shares the view of most major European football clubs, and even more so given the current socio-economic climate, that there is a need for structural reforms to guarantee the financial sustainability and feasibility of world football by improving the product that is offered to fans around the world and by consolidating and even increasing the fan base on which this sport is sustained, which is its mainstay and greatest strength.

    "In this context, the FC Barcelona Board of Directors accepted, as a matter of immediate urgency, the offer to form part, as the founding member, of the Super League, a competition designed to improve the quality and attractiveness of the product offered to the football fans and, at the same time, and as one of FC Barcelona's most inalienable principles, seek new formulas for solidarity with the football family as a whole.

    "The decision was made in the conviction that it would have been a historical error to turn down the opportunity to be part of this project as one of its founding members. As one of the world's top sports club, our intention shall always be to be at the forefront, this being an indispensable part of the club's identity and its sporting, social and institutional spirit.

    "In whatever case, FC Barcelona, as a club that always has been and always shall be owned by each and every one of its members, expressly reserved the right to submit such an important decision to the final approval of its competent social bodies following careful and very necessary study of the proposal.

    "Given the public reaction that the aforementioned project has generated in many and various spheres, there is no question that FC Barcelona appreciates that a much more in-depth analysis is required into the reasons that have caused this reaction in order to reconsider, if necessary, and to the required extent, the proposal as originally formulated and resolve all those issues, always for the good of the general interest of the football world. Such in-depth analysis needs time and the necessary composure to avoid taking any rash action.

    "We feel it is equally important to highlight the objective fact that a Court of Justice has already granted urgent legal protection as requested, thus confirming right of the initiative on the part of the founding clubs of the Super League project.

    "In this regard, FC Barcelona considers that it would be improper for the necessary process of reflection and debate to be established under criteria of unjustified pressure and intimidation.

    "Despite being perfectly aware of the importance and interest raised by this matter, as well as the need to always act with the utmost transparency, FC Barcelona shall act at all times with due prudence and asks for the utmost understanding, respect and most of all patience among FC Barcelona supporters and public opinion in general."

  • Josh Graham

    EDIN OFF

    Boca Juniors are a step closer to snapping up Edinson Cavani with the striker reportedly maintaining his desire to leave Europe.

    The 34-year-old has hit ten goals in his first and possibly only campaign at Old Trafford, ahead of his contract expiring in June.

    Last month, SunSport revealed his desire to hold talks with the club and thrash out his future.

    And rumblings of discontent have refused to go away with Cavani’s father asserting that he wants to depart Manchester.

    According to Argentine outlet Depo, the player recently sat down with United and reiterated his plan to move on.

    A return to South America is said to be Cavani’s wish, to bring him closer to his family.

    Buenos Aires giants Boca Juniors have been linked with a deal and discussions with the club are described as positive.

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  • Josh Graham

    ROSS LOSS

    Ross Barkley faces uncertainty over his future after Aston Villa ruled out a permanent transfer this summer.

    The Chelsea midfielder, 27, joined the West Midlands club last September on a season-long loan.

    But boss Dean Smith confirmed the Villans have no intention of securing his services for next season – especially with the Blues reportedly quoting a £40million price tag.

    Smith said: "No, Ross Barkley came in on loan at the start of the season.

    “Obviously, Frank Lampard was the manager at the time we brokered a deal to bring him in on loan.

    “He's got another two years left on his contract at Chelsea and that's not been discussed at all.”

    Former Everton star Barkley is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2023.

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  • Josh Graham

    OLE LOAD OF TROUBLE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enraged a group of Manchester United protestors by claiming hated owner Joel Glazer ‘loves this club’.

    A group descended on the Red Devils’ Carrington training ground yesterday morning in protest at the Glazer family’s ownership and their attempts to break-away into a European Super League.

    And they refused to leave the doors to the main reception until boss Solskjaer came out and engaged with them.

    He did and they questioned him as to how he could ever trust the club’s co-chairman Joel Glazer ever again.

    But Solskjaer jumped to his defence saying ‘Joel loves this club’. It was a statement met with derision with a number of protestors firing back saying ‘he doesn’t love this club he loves the money’.

    Solskjaer, 48, was flanked by coach Michael Carrick and technical director Darren Fletcher as he spoke with the group. Midfielder Nemanja Matic was also close by.

    During the exchanges, which lasted just over five minutes, it was pointed out to Solskjaer that back in 2005 he was a patron of protest group Shareholders United and voiced his opposition to the Glazers imminent takeover.

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    The Premier League is set to rewrite the rulebook this summer to make it illegal for any future breakaway attempts. 

    The entire structure of the English game is under scrutiny after the Super League fiasco with the Government launching a fan-led review.

    Celtic and Rangers have been targeted for an all-British League as part of the fall-out from the failed European Super League. 

    Uefa are considering slapping sanctions on the dirty dozen for their attempts to breakaway. 

    Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin claims Chelsea's Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid could be postponed. 

    Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke admitted the club got it wrong as the board tried to make amends with disillusioned fans. 

    But Kroenke insists they have no intention of selling the club despite the growing unrest. Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists he will put the Super League plan to a vote of their members. 

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told anti-Glazer protesters to leave Carrington so they would not disrupt Manchester United's training.    

    Florentino Perez claims Premier League clubs have no chance of signing Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland without income from the doomed Super League.Carlo Ancelotti admits he thought the Super League was a joke when he heard about the planned breakaway.  

    Leicester romped to a 3-0 home win over West Brom to boost their Premier League top-four hopes. 

    Harry Kane appears to be winning his race to be fit for Sunday's Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley. 

  • Simon Mail

    MAJOR SHAKE-UP

    Football bosses could be ORDERED to rip up their rulebook after the Government announced the launch of its “fan-led review” of the game.

    In a huge move which comes off the back of PM Boris Johnson's intervention into the Super League breakaway, the entire structure of the English game is under scrutiny.

    That could see:

    • Ownership rules questioned and changed, even looking at the legitimacy of foreign billionaires taking over Prem clubs — and deciding if English football should seek to copy the German system.
    •  New financial rules drafted to prevent the issues that led to the collapse of Bury.
    •  Enforced alterations to the flow of money through the entire football pyramid, from the Prem to the grass-roots game.
    •  Fans given a proper say in the way the game is run.
    • A Government- appointed independent regulator, with power to bring the FA, Prem and EFL to account.

    MAX POWER

    Norwich City star Max Aarons is reportedly available for £30m this summer with Arsenal stepping up their interest in him.

    The 21-year-old stayed with the Canaries despite their relegation and has helped them secure an immediate return to the Premier League.

    The full-back is set to be allowed to leave at the end of the season but only if they receive a suitable offer.

    Barcelona and Roma have reportedly had offers rejected in previous windows and Aarons is set to attract plenty of interest.

    OUTFOXED

    Leicester have cruised to a 3-0 home win over West Brom to strengthen their top-four hopes.

    Brendan Rodgers' side did all the damage in the first half with goals from Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans and Kelechi Iheanacho.

    Sam Allardyce's side were not at the races and their chances of staying up look less than slim.

    The Baggies are nine points behind fourth bottom Burnley and are heading for a return to the Championship.

    ED'S GONE

    Ed Woodward quit as Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman because he was kept in the dark about the final plans for the European Super League.

    Woodward is stepping down at the end of the year and SunSport understands he resigned because he could not support the Glazers’ plans for the breakaway league.

    Woodward had made his mind up on Monday morning he could not be associated with the Super League and took swift action.

    The Prem’s ‘Big Six’ were set to join the new league plot before it all unravelled in the space of 48 hours.

    Woodward joined United following the Glazers’ takeover in 2005 and replaced chief executive David Gill in 2013.

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