Premier League teams targeted in Gulf Dream Football League

A number of Premier League teams could be among the clubs invited to take part in a multi-million pound Dream Football League staged every two years in the Middle East, with participants receiving £175m just for taking part, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The competition would involve 24 teams – including four from the Premier League – with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur the English sides on the wish list of the organisers.

Paid for by the Qatari royal family, the Dream Football League – or DFL – would have 16 permanent competitors and eight invitees for each tournament, with the first to take place in 2015, running in odd-numbered years to avoid clashes with the World Cup and European Championships.

The Times claims that the £175m sum would be awarded to teams simply for taking part, and is almost four times the £47.3m Chelsea earned last season from winning the Champions League.

Paris Saint-Germain – the French club owned by the Qatari Sports Investment group – are also said to be a driving force behind the proposal, with Barcelona – currently sponsored by the Qatar Foundation and soon to wear the branding of Qatar Airways – targeted to be brought on board.

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