European Super League LIVE: Arsenal chief reveals backlash from Prem clubs, Barca defiant, British Super League plans

ARSENAL chief Vinai Venkatesham has revealed he did NOT get a good reaction from rival Premier League clubs when he called them to apologise for the European Super League breakaway plans.

Meanwhile, Barcelona have released a defiant statement outlining why they wanted to join the despised breakaway plot.

And SunSport 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.

That means they would join Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and all the biggest English stars for what would be a massive change to the UK sporting landscape.

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

  • Josh Graham


    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 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 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.

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    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


    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.


    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.


    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 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.


    We have not reached half-time yet but Leicester are absolutely cruising with a 3-0 lead at home to West Brom.

    It has been a horror show for Sam Allardyce's side that look doomed on this evidence.

    The Foxes have completely dominated the match with goals from Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans and Kelechi Iheanacho putting the hosts in control.

    • Simon Mail


      Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke insists there is no chance of the club being sold after a furious backlash from fans over the failed breakaway.

      When asked about whether he would consider selling Arsenal at the fans' forum, Kroenke simply replied: “No intention to sell.”

      This did not satisfy the supporters with Arsenal Supporters’ Trust member Akhli Vyas responding: “Do you not understand English football?

      “You do not interact with fans, you have no clue.

      “English football is clearly not for you, you should leave.”

    • Simon Mail


      Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke has admitted the club 'got it wrong' by signing up to the European Super League.

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      The Gunners embarrassingly withdrew from the proposed European Super League less than 48 hours after signing up as one of the founding members.

      Non-executive director Kroenke told Arsenal's fan representatives: "We asked ourselves, what is worse : ESL, or ESL without Arsenal?

      "Also asked ourselves what do the fans want? The global fan wants AFC v Barca as often as possible.

      "English fans want to see more big matches, but you still want your cold nights in Stoke. We got it wrong."

    • Simon Mail


      Boris Johnson reportedly drew up a 'legislative bomb' designed to destroy the European Super League's potential earnings in Britain.

      The Prime Minister was prepared to force the breakaway league to be shown free to air on TV.

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      The Daily Mail claims Johnson had ‘an explosive policy package under consideration’ that ‘included the use of competition law and tax rules to block the power grab’ by the six clubs.

      They state politicians and civil servants were at work from the moment FA chief executive Mark Bullingham tipped them off about the impending announcement on Sunday.

    • Simon Mail

      SOL TALK

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told anti-Glazer protestors to leave Manchester United’s Carrington HQ so they would ‘not disrupt training’.

      But his intervention was met with a mixed reaction as fallout from the European Super League continued.

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      A source said: “Ole came out onto a balcony and spoke to the fans and appealed to them to leave so as not to disrupt training.

      “He told the the club were sorry about the Super League and understood their anger. The fans left of their own accord.”

      However, SunSport understands that fans were told to put their phones away and not record Solskjaer speaking.

    • Simon Mail


      Premier League bosses are determined to stop a repeat of the attempted Super League breakaway and are set to rewrite the rulebook this summer.

      The dramatic step will result in any further attempts leading to a potential expulsion.

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      Chief executive Richard Masters is moving to ensure the rule changes go through on the nod at the June annual general meeting.

      A rule making it effectively illegal to enter into any breakaway talks will be drafted.

      One prominent insider claimed: “This will kill off the threat….for ever.”

    • Simon Mail


      A reminder that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is not taking no for an answer.

      Perez is adamant the European Super League is not a busted flush and simply on hold.

      Perez said: "We're going to continue working. The project is on standby."

      Nothing if not stubborn but will his faith in the failed proposal pay off or is he simply wasting everyone's time?

    • Simon Mail


      Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he thought it was a joke when he heard about the European Super League announcement.

      Ancelotti could not believe what he was hearing after the six Premier League clubs attempted to join the breakaway group.

      Carlo Ancelotti could not believe the Super League breakawayCredit: Reuters

      Ancelotti said: "My immediate reaction was they are joking, this is a joke!"

      "It's a joke because it's not going to happen. It's impossible.

      "Sport culture in Europe is different to American sports. Not because we are right and they are wrong, but because the culture of the people is different. In America, in the USA, sport is different. Sport is entertainment."

    • Josh Graham


      Premier League clubs have no chance of signing Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland without money from the doomed European Super League.

      That is the view of deluded Real Madrid president Florentino Perez who is still desperately clinging to the remains of the money-grabbing scheme despite all six English clubs bailing on it already.

      Both Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with Borussia Dortmund ace Haaland.

      His agent, the controversial Mino Raiola, even embarked on a world tour to meet prospective clubs interested in the free-scoring sensation.

      And Mbappe has been linked with a Paris Saint-Germain exit too.

      The France international’s current contract with the Ligue 1 champions expires next summer and talks over a new deal have yet to bear fruit with Manchester City linked.

    • Josh Graham


      Arsenal director Josh Kroenke WILL appear at an online fans' forum this afternoon.

      The meeting was initially postponed following the European Super League announcement that caused uproar last weekend.

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      Following passionate protests, the ESL crumbled, but supporters are still demanding answers from those in charge.

      The Arsenal Supporters' Trust demanded that Kroenke or his father Stan be present at the fans' forum, as it was they who signed off on Tuesday's 'apology'.

      They tweeted: "Yesterday the AST along with most supporter forum members sent the following to Arsenal: The statement issued by Arsenal clearly signs off as the ‘Arsenal Board’.

      "As we know, [chief executive] Vinai Venkatesham is not on the board so who from the board will be joining us on Thursday to apologise and justify their decisions over the last few days?

      “We expect Stan Kroenke or Josh Kroenke to be present – and if they really are sorry, they can tell us themselves. It’s been confirmed that JK will be attending. We’ll be telling him exactly what we think!”

    • Josh Graham

      DON'T DO IT!

      Prime Minister Boris Johnson's aide told the UAE to stop Manchester City playing in the Super League.

      The Times reports Lord Udny-Lister, the PM's special envoy to the Gulf, warned the country's government that it would damage the relationship with the UK.

      City are owned by the Abu Dhabi United group controlled by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan – UAE deputy PM.

      It highlights how desperate Johnson was to derail the breakaway and highly controversial league.

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    • Josh Graham

      HARRY UP!

      SunSport understands Tottenham striker Harry Kane is winning his race to be fit for the Carabao Cup final against Man City on Sunday.

      Kane sat out the 2-1 win over Southampton, as 29-year-old Ryan Mason took charge for the first time after Jose Mourinho's sacking.

    • Josh Graham


      Barcelona will put the Super League to a vote of their members, president Joan Laporta confirmed.

      Laporta told TV3: We have a position of prudence. It is a necessity (the Super League), but the last word will be from the members. We big clubs add a lot of resources and we must talk about the division of money.

      "It must be an attractive competition, based on sporting merits. We are in favor of the national leagues and we are open to a frank dialogue with UEFA. We need more resources to make this a great show. I believe there will be an understanding."

      It comes as Laporta's Real Madrid counterpart Florentino Perez slammed the idea, saying: "Do I have to ask the fans every time I sign a player?"

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    • Josh Graham


      Mikel Arteta will have to make do without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette against Everton on Friday night.

      Arsenal host the Toffees for the 8pm kick-off without the bulk of their first-choice frontline.

      Here's how the Gunners could line up.


    • Josh Graham


      Fans have thrown their support behind the proposed British Super League.

      SunSport exclusively revealed last night that plans were in place for Celtic and Rangers to join an 18-team British top-flight after the European Super League crumbled.

    • Josh Graham


      Uefa are reportedly considering slapping sanction on the dirty dozen after their attempts to breakaway and start the Super League.

      The Guardian reports Uefa are increasingly more inclined to punish the 12 sides involved.

      President Aleksander Ceferin has warned the rebel teams that they will 'suffer the consequences' of 'their mistake'.

      Punishments could extend to bans from the Champions League next season but it remains to be seen if or what is handed down to the sides.

    • Josh Graham


      Chelsea are in a four-way transfer battle for wonderkid Gabriel Menino, according to reports.

      The Brazilian has attracted interest with his 'great technical qualities' while playing for Palmeiras.

      The Blues are long-standing admirers of Menino, and have been linked with making a £17million swoop.

      But now they've got competition.

      According to Calciomercato, Tottenham are also interested in the gifted midfielder, who can play at right-back.

      Menino starred as his side won the Copa Libertadores last year, being selected in the official team of the tournament.

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