The 'big six' clubs from England's Premier League are expected to be part of plans for a breakaway European Super League, with an announcement due on Sunday night, Sky News understands.

The English clubs involved are Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham.

The project has been launched to rival UEFA's Champions League format which currently dominates European football.

Sky News' City editor Mark Kleinman said: "My understanding is that 12 clubs from across Europe including the six biggest English clubs have now signed up to this new format. The others include Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid."

Kleinman added: "The new league includes staggering sums of money that will be handed to the participating clubs. About $5billion has been committed to this new project by the American bank JP Morgan.

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