Plans for a super-rich world club tournament in Qatar

A computer image of the 'Al Wakra' stadium to be built in Doha, Qatar, for the 2022 World Cup. Credit: ABACA

The Qatari royal family is to offer hundreds of millions of euros to Europe's top football clubs to persuade them to join a biennial 24-team tournament in the Gulf, The Times reports.

The report says plans for the 'Dream Football League' (DFL) will be released in April in an attempt to rival UEFA's Champions League and FIFA's Club World Cup.

Elite clubs would be offered around £175m to participate - in contrast, Chelsea were awarded £47.3m for winning the Champions League last season.

The Times said UEFA and the Premier League declined to comment on the proposals and the European Club Association did not respond to enquiries.