Leeds could be set for £13.1m windfall if UEFA ban big six
Leeds United could be set to qualify for the Champions League after England’s big six confirmed their plans to push ahead with creating a new European Super League.
On Sunday night, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham confirmed they are six of the 12 clubs who have agreed to join an ESL, along with AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid [BBC Sport]
It’s possibly one of the biggest football stories in modern times as England’s ‘biggest’ six clubs have put their own spots in the Premier League and Champions League at risk.
Interestingly, the move could have a massively positive impact on Leeds.
UEFA have already threatened these 12 clubs in a statement, saying: “The clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level.”
Now, let’s say England’s big six are all banned from the Champions League for next season, that would mean the fourth qualification spot would currently fall for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United. Leicester, West Ham and Everton would be the other three qualifiers ahead of the disgusting, greed-driven clubs pushing for the ESL.
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As much as we condemn England’s six clubs for pushing ahead with the universally criticised plan to form the European Super League, it would be incredible to see UEFA walk the walk and ban these clubs, thus handing Leeds a spot in the Champions League.
As reported by DAZN, qualification to Champions League group stages is worth a minimum of £13.1million (€15.25million). Teams can then earn more money by winning games and progressing further in the competition. Each group-stage win will net a club £2.3million (€2.7million) and draws net £776,000 (€900,000).
Imagine, Leeds United back in the Champions League with Luke Ayling at right-back, Kalvin Phillips in the midfield and Patrick Bamford up front. And of course, Bielsa in the dugout.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are working on a deal to sign this impressive left-back.