Premier League XI could face best players from LaLiga, Bundesliga and Serie A in ‘All-Star’ games following idea by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly
A Premier League XI could face the best players from Germany, Spain and Italy with ‘All-Star’ matches being staged around the world, it has been reported. Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly recently floated the idea of staging a north vs south ‘All-Star’ Premier League match, something that came in for heavy criticism. Looks like Boehly’s idea isn’t totally dead and buriedReuters But The Times reports Boehly’s suggestion was one of a number of plans discussed by club executives and that a more popular and likely idea was to form a combined Premier League side that could meet their counterparts from rival leagues. Staging the matches across Europe or elsewhere around the world in the summer, or during a winter break, would effectively growing global audiences. The report adds that the idea is likely to be pursued along with other suggestions of new ways to keep growing audiences and enhancing overseas TV rights. A rise in American ownership in the top flight, with half the clubs in the division having some investment from the USA, is understood to be among the reasons for the discussions. They may have to wait for the dust to settle on Boehly’s initial proposal. Boehly, who also owns shares in baseball side the LA Dodgers and the Lakers in NBA, told a New York conference he had been discussing all-star plans with other clubs. “Ultimately, I hope the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sports,” he said. Most read in Football quit Alexander-Arnold told to retire from England duty after Southgate's Trippier 'insult' options Silva and Mount dropped as starlet gets chance: Potter's first league XI at Chelsea blow Conte reveals Spurs injury update ahead of north London derby with fears over key man TEST Partey out, Zinchenko in new role: How Arsenal could line-up for NLD against Spurs SPOOKY Warnock played defender up front after wife's dream… and he scored perfect hat-trick act Fictional AFC Richmond striker ranked higher than Arsenal star Jesus on FIFA 23 ratings statement Denmark's World Cup kits revealed as Hummel announce 'protest against Qatar' expand Arsenal and Liverpool owners join Chelsea in plans to become 'multi-club networks' The Premier League trophy carries more clout than its European counterpartsgetty “People are talking about more money for the pyramid; in the MLB all-star game this year we made $200 million (£181 million).” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was among the first to criticise the idea, citing the strain on top players. “When he finds a date for that, he can call me,” Klopp said. “In American sports, these players have four-month breaks. Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters as well?” At this stage it’s not clear how soon clubs will look to formally push ahead with the plans and what the response will be from the foreign leagues. However, the Premier League, which is the richest league in the world, has more global clout that any of its rivals who may latch on to any chance to enhance their own profile. Watch the World Cup with talkSPORT At talkSPORT we are powered by fans, so come and join us for the ultimate World Cup fan experience this winter – at the talkSPORT Fan Zone. In a huge indoor venue under the arches at Waterloo in London, we’ll bring you live screenings of every World Cup game. There will be Q&As with talkSPORT talent, you’ll be part of our live broadcasts, and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer too. Come and enjoy the best World Cup fan experience in London – and enjoy a pint on us – with tickets for England and Wales’ group stage games on sale now HERE!