Clubs outside of the Premier League‘s ‘big six’ are concerned that the introduction of the European Super League will bring about significant changes to the transfer market, particularly with regards to the loan system, according to reports. Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham have been subjected to widespread criticism since confirming their participation in the controversial new tournament on Sunday evening.
The six English clubs will be joined by Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan, with three more sides expected to make up a group of 15 ‘Founding Clubs’ that will benefit from collective ownership of the franchise.
It has been suggested that RB Leipzig of Germany and Portuguese champions Porto could join the Super League ahead of its inaugural campaign, which could begin as early as next season.
The plans are threatening to change the face of domestic, continental and international football as we know it, with FIFA and UEFA warning that any players or clubs involved will be banned from all other competitions.
The transfer market could also be heavily affected by the new tournament, which is a significant cause for concern among the remaining 14 Premier League clubs, according to the Daily Mail.
If the ‘big six’ manage to retain their involvement in England’s top flight, they could be inclined to build huge squads and play their strongest side in the Super League while fielding reserve teams in domestic competitions.
As a result, the clubs in question could avoid sending fringe players out on loan as they will be needed to make up the numbers.
The report claims that Premier League clubs not invited to join the Super League are worried about the effect that a muted loan market could have on their fortunes.
A reduction in temporary signings, the likes of which can often prove to be the difference between success and failure, would come as a significant blow to clubs without the financial pulling power of the elite.
Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard has emerged as one of the most influential loan additions in recent years since joining West Ham United in the January transfer window.
His impact with the Hammers has been profound, with the 28-year-old almost single-handedly leading their top-four charge.
The remaining Premier League clubs are said to be convinced that players like Lingard would be denied the opportunity to go out on loan, instead being retained to feature in low-priority matches with the first-team stars kept fresh for the Super League.
A crisis meeting between senior figures in the Premier League took place on Tuesday, which was followed by a damning statement urging the ‘big six’ clubs to curb their breakaway plans with immediate effect.
“The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal,” the statement read.
“The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition.
“The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.
“The League will continue to work with key stakeholders including fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and call on those clubs involved in the proposed competition to cease their involvement immediately.
“The Premier League would like to thank fans and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this significant issue. The reaction proves just how much our open pyramid and football community means to people.”