The ‘Big Three’ of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal in London are in talks about a pre-season ‘Charity Cup’ – in a move that could rebuild their public image after the disembodied European Super League debacle
- Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal would do it instead of a traditional summer tour
- Sportsmail understands that most of the cup’s revenue will go to charity
- The talks are at an early stage, but there is growing confidence that they will continue
London’s ‘Big Three’ are negotiating to host a mini-tournament as an alternative to their traditional summer tours.
Sportsmail understands that most of the competition’s revenue – with Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal – would go to charity.
That decision could help rebuild the clubs’ public image after a very damaging period for them following the European Super League debacle.
The London ‘Big Three’ football teams are in talks about a pre-season ‘Charity Cup’ tournament
Just three weeks after their controversial breakaway attempt was thwarted, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal are discussing a three-way competition that would take place some time after the Euro 2020 final on July 14 and before the Premier League season kicks off on August 14. .
The talks are still at an early stage, but there is growing confidence that the triangular tournament will get the green light.
Premier League clubs generally go overseas for hugely lucrative pre-season tours ahead of each season, with popular destinations in Asia and the US.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham would host the match instead of going on a summer tour
But Covid-19’s travel restrictions mean that such trips are unlikely to take place this year, and clubs have started exploring other options, with many already booked for domestic friendlies.
It is hoped that the proposed ‘Battle of London’ tournament will capture the imaginations of supporters.
Stadiums should be able to operate at full capacity in the preseason, which would generate more income.
The mini-tournament could help the parties rebuild their public image after the ESL debacle
The tournament could also be lucrative in terms of broadcasting money, with the prospect of Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs competing, likely an attractive proposition for TV companies.
However, it is clear that the main motivation is to raise money for a good cause – with most of the money raised going directly to charities.
The tournament would also give clubs a chance to test whether large crowds return to stadiums after a season that was mostly played behind closed doors.