Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger confirmed that the major clubs on the continent are keen to establish the European Super League football championship because they are unable to compete financially with the English Premier League clubs, indicating that this tournament will destroy the Premier League.

Reports said that Manchester United and Arsenal had participated in negotiations to establish the new tournament to include 18 clubs from the five major league competitions.

The founders hope to start the tournament in 2022, and Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu - who resigned on Tuesday - said his club had already agreed to a proposal to participate.

But Wenger, director of global development at FIFA, said the plans were to limit the "superiority" of the Premier League.

He added to the British newspaper The Guardian, "Other league competitions have tried to destroy the Premier League privileges, and for them the best way is to establish the new European League, which means basically destroying the English Premier League."

The Super League guarantees continuous confrontations between the major teams in Europe, but Wenger believes that the biggest beneficiaries are the club owners.

"We are in a period in which owners control investments, and the first goal is to collect the largest amount of money, and the Super League is a way to collect more money," he said.