In an exclusive, the Daily Mail claim that Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are in talks over competing in a pre-season tournament that would see most of the money raised dished out to various charities as the trio try to repair their reputations following the Super League debacle.

Theo Walcott
Arsenal’s English midfielder Theo Walcott poses with the Emirates cup after winning the pre-season friendly football match between Arsenal and Wolfsburg at The Emirates Stadium in north London on July 26, 2015. (IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Mail write that the three clubs are in negotiations regarding the tournament that would take place instead of a more traditional tour which would, let’s be honest, be fraught with all manner of pandemic-related problems.

Yes, even when they are trying to do something nice, I am sceptical. Would they do this if they were able to travel the globe freely or if there was an International Champions Cup taking place in Dubai? I’m not so sure.

Anyway, if the tournament goes ahead they will reportedly donate most of the proceeds to charity in a bid to buy their way back in to their fans’ good books. Most, not all.

If it goes ahead, it is expected to take place after the Euros this summer, in between the final on July 11 and the Premier League returning on August 14.

Daily Mail
Daily Mail

The Mail note that discussions are still at an early stage but hopes are high that it will go ahead.Arsenal have already agreed to play Rangers during pre-season as clubs turn their attentions to domestic friendlies due to travel restrictions.

The Emirates Cup is also expected to take place this summer.