Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told the Guardian the creation of the proposed European Super League could catastrophically affect the Premier League.
Premier League clubs resoundingly rejected Project Big Picture, spearheaded by American-owned English giants Liverpool and Manchester United, but talks swiftly turned to a new £4.6 billion European Super League.
And FIFA head of global football development Wenger believes the idea could be ruinous for the English game.
He said: “The Premier League has a superiority. The project [Big Picture] wanted to reinforce this superiority.
“The other leagues tried to destroy the advantage the Premier League has. For them, the best thing to attain that is to create a European league.
“That means to destroy the Premier League, basically. So if they get the agreement from the big English clubs, it will happen.
“We are in a period of owners who are investors. What are the investors’ first target? It’s to make more money. And the European Super League is one way maybe to make more money.”