Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are reportedly planning to compete in a pre-season tournament in the United States this summer.
The three clubs were part of and are still continuing to push for the failed European Super League project.
While the other nine teams involved in the original proposals pulled out due to public backlash, the three European heavyweights believe that a revamp is still needed at the top level of the game.
ESPN reported that the three teams have come together over the possibility of holding a pre-season tournament on the West Coast of the United States.
Several cities would be keen to host the competition which would include high-profile games including the El Clasico.
The three clubs have also approached Serie A giants AC Milan about the possibility of being the fourth team in the tournament.
It’s said that Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are looking at how to maximise profit from the fixtures, as they look to offset the massive losses they have experienced since the pandemic hit in 2020.
Back in August 2021, Barcelona President Joan Laporta said the club were £1.1billion in debt – though insisted this was not all down to the pandemic.
Before the pandemic, all three sides regularly toured the United States, with the two Spanish sides last visiting in 2019 and Juventus in 2018.
The first ever El Clasico played outside of Spain took place in Miami in 2017, with Barcelona defeating Madrid 3-2 in Neymar’s last game before his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Twelve teams were initially part of the breakaway European Super League, which would have seen those involved drop out of the Champions League.
Among the 12 were six Premier League sides in Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, both Manchester clubs and Tottenham.
Massive protests among supporters though led to the English teams dropping out of the project less than 48 hours after it was launched.
UEFA confirmed in September they will not be imposing any sanctions on Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus while fines for the nine teams that withdrew were suspended.
Juventus give Arsenal three players in exchange deal for Giorgio Chiellini’s replacement
Juventus are so desperate to land defender, Gabriel Magalhaes this summer and will offer Arsenal three players, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Old Lady have identified Gabriel as a possible successor to Giorgio Chiellini, who will leave Turin this summer, and are keen to reach a quick agreement with Arsenal.
It is understood that the three players Juventus will offer Arsenal to force the deal for their 24-year-old centre-back are Arthur Melo, Weston McKennie and Moise Kean.
The report added that Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini has travelled to London for talks with Arsenal over a deal for Gabriel.
Juventus are in the market to replace Chiellini, who is leaving the Serie A giants this summer after 17 years.
However, it’s claimed that Arsenal are demanding at least £42.4million for Gabriel.
Gabriel joined the Gunners from Lille in a £27million deal in 2020.
EPL: Man Utd warn Barcelona over De Jong transfer
Manchester United have made it clear to Barcelona, they will not meet their £70 million asking price for Frenkie De Jong, according to Daily Mail.
The Premier League side are keen on signing De Jong, as Paul Pogba is set to leave on a free transfer this summer.
The Barca midfielder has already been identified by incoming manager, Erik Ten Hag, as a potential option having already managed him at Ajax.
Barcelona are open to a deal, as they are also seeking funds to put together a deal for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
However, United have informed the LaLiga club that they do not want to spend a significant part of their summer budget on signing De Jong.
Barca are looking to recoup the £65 million they spent on signing the 25-year-old from Ajax in 2019.
Aubameyang announces retirement
Gabon and Barcelona striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, on Wednesday, announced his retirement from international football.
Aubameyang has decided to focus on his club career.
The former Arsenal captain represented his nation for over ten years and also wore the captain’s armband
The 32-year-old appeared 72 times for Gabon, scoring 30 goals.
In a letter to the Gabonese FA, Aubameyang wrote, according to Mundo Deportivo: “After 13 [thirteen] years of pride in representing my country, I announce that I’m ending my international career.
“I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all those who have supported me in the good and the bad times.
“Sharing it with all the people was an unforgettable moment. I thank our President, his Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba who has always supported the Panthers and has always worked for football to evolve in our country.
“I would also like to thank all my coaches, staff and the players that I have come across during this career.
“Finally, I thank my father who gave me the desire to do like him, hoping to have made him proud by wearing our colours.”
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