London’s ‘Big Three’ of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal are in talks over a pre-season ‘Charity Cup’ – in a move which could rebuild their public image after the unedifying European Super League debacle
- Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal would do it instead of a traditional summer tour
- Sportsmail understands most of the income from the Cup would go to charity
- Talks are at an early stage but there is growing confidence that it will go ahead
London’s ‘Big Three’ are in negotiations over staging a mini-tournament as an alternative to their traditional summer tours.
Sportsmail understands that most of the income from the competition — featuring Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal — would go to charity.
That decision could help rebuild the public image of the clubs following a highly damaging period for them following the European Super League debacle.
London’s ‘Big Three’ football teams are in talks over a pre-season ‘Charity Cup’ tournament
Just three weeks after their controversial attempt to break away was foiled, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal are discussing a three-way competition which would take place some time after the Euro 2020 final on July 14 and before the Premier League season kicks off on August 14.
Talks are at an early stage but there is growing confidence that the triangular tournament will be given the green light.
Premier League clubs generally go abroad for hugely lucrative pre-season tours ahead of each season, with Asia and the USA popular destinations.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham would stage the competition rather than go on a summer tour
But Covid-19 travel restrictions means such tours are unlikely to take place this year and clubs have started exploring other options, with many already booking in domestic friendlies.
It is hoped that the proposed ‘Battle of London’ tournament will capture the imagination of supporters.
Stadiums should be able to operate at nearer to full capacity by pre-season, which would bring in greater revenue.
The mini-tournament could help the sides rebuild their public image after the ESL debacle
The tournament could also prove lucrative in terms of broadcasting money, with the prospect of Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs going head to head likely to be an attractive proposition for TV companies.
However, it is understood the prime motivation is to raise money for charity — with most of the money raised going straight to good causes.
The tournament would also give clubs an opportunity to test the return of large crowds to stadiums following a season that has, for the most part, been played behind closed doors.
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