The Premier League are discussing proposals by UEFA that could see six English clubs qualify for the Champions League.
Under UEFA’s plans to restructure European competition, 36 clubs would play in a new-look Champions League from 2024, with a new Europa Conference League tournament set to also launch next season below the Europa League.
The Telegraph report that, under the plans, qualification for the Champions League could be earned by clubs finishing below the top four via their UEFA co-efficient, which is a metric used for measuring historical performance.
English football would be given seven places in Europe, which would generally be divided into four in the Champions League, two in the Europa League and one in the new Europa Conference League.
Yet any club who finish between seventh and fifth may well be upgraded to the Champions League on the strength of their past performances in the competition.
The co-efficient measures performances in Europe over the last five seasons to get an overall ranking of clubs in UEFA.
It is currently unclear what sort of cut-off point a club would need to achieve in the co-efficient rankings to be assured of Champions League football.
Vacated spots in other competitions will be taken by other clubs in Europe and not from the Premier League, and it means up to six clubs from England could qualify for the competition, with one then going into the Europa League.
No decisions are said to have yet been made over the proposals.