Llorente injured away for Spain – more to follow
The 18-team Premier League – Claims
The Telegraph, on a worldwide exclusive, reports seeing a “revitalization” document drafted by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group, which is supported by Manchester United. The plans are called “Project Big Picture”. The idea is that an 18-team Premier League would pave the way for additional £ 250million funding to the EFL, but with the removal of parachute payments. The Telegraph says Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also expected to back the plans. The report suggests that there would still be three relegated teams from an 18-team Premier League with three promoted, but the 16th-ranked team in the Premier League is entering a play-off system against teams that finished third, fourth and fifth in the Championship with the first two still automatically promoted. The Coupe de la Ligue would be abandoned or no longer feature European teams, while the future of the community shield would also be up for debate. The ‘one club, one vote’ principle, which currently sees every Premier League team having a say in the proceedings, would also go hand in hand with the minimum threshold of 14 votes to adopt the regulatory changes. The nine clubs which have been in the country’s top flight the longest would then have the power to dictate how the competition unfolds – the big six plus Everton, Southampton and West Ham – with six votes needed to change a rule. The changes to the loan system would also allow clubs to send 15 players on loan to the country.
A Premier League with 18 teams?
Tyler Roberts on the bench for Wales
We certainly wouldn’t mind at Elland Road!
International Sunday newspaper… (all the matches of the League of Nations)
2 p.m .: Tyler Roberts (Wales) – Ireland (a)
5 p.m .: Kalvin Phillips (England) – Belgium (h)
5 p.m .: Gjanni Alioski (North Macedonia) – Estonia (a)
7.45 p.m .: Liam Cooper (Scotland) – Slovakia (h)
7.45 p.m .: Stuart Dallas (Northern Ireland) – Austria (h)
19h45: Mateusz Klich (Pologne) – Italie (h)