Barcelona president Joan Laporta is still hoping the courts will motion in the European Super League’s favor as he states that four Premier League sides are interested in seeing what comes next.
The European Super League is not going away, especially after a court ruled that UEFA can ban clubs or players who “break away” from the established structure of European football from forming their own renegade league. Barcelona president Joan Laporta recently stated that the league plans to launch in 2025.
The European Super League continues to be met with disdain from players, fans and pundits around the world as it was announced within 24 hours in April 2021 that many “founding” clubs had pulled out and issued apologetic statements to their fans.
Yet it was Barcelona and Real Madrid, two of the richest clubs in the world, who continued to push for a league. In a strange statement, Laporta said other interested clubs “have yet to show their face” but may enter the league.
What English clubs are interested in joining the European Super League?
According to Laporta on Spanish radio station Cadena SER. “I would not have entered into this project if it was not an open competition, and it was accepted by Real Madrid, Juventus and other clubs that have not yet shown their faces but are very interested in this competition.”
Laporta stated that the European Super League could be direct competition to the Premier League and that he is still in contact with Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham. Although the situations of two of the four clubs is very different from the one they had in April of 2021. Liverpool and Manchester United, both owned by Americans, are rumored to be up for sale and could have new ownership groups in the coming months, making it impossible for either to take a major step like joining the Super League.
Then the ESL has the small matter of the courts, the league will look to appeal the decision made late last year with a final ruling on the matter expected in the coming weeks as the case will return to Madrid’s commercial court. Laporta feels the league’s case is strong and could get a favorable ruling to finally get the European Super League off the ground.