The millions Manchester United and Chelsea would lose if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions L

The millions Manchester United and Chelsea would lose if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions L

The battle for Champions League qualification goes to the wire today – and there is so much at stake.

Chelsea, Leicester and Manchester United are the teams battling to join Liverpool and Manchester City in the top four.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be nervous ahead of the final day with his side desperate for Champions League glory

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be nervous ahead of the final day with his side desperate for Champions League glory

Manchester United would be worst hit by failing to reach the Champions League – they stand to miss out on £70million.

The Red Devils must draw with Leicester on Sunday to guarantee their place in the top four, or hope Chelsea lose against Wolves.

However, should Leicester win and Chelsea get at least a draw, the financial impact on the Red Devils could be huge.

First off, Champions League qualification is worth around £50m more than Europa League qualification.

United would also lose £20m from their kit deal with Adidas, with penalties in place if they don’t make the top four.

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For Chelsea, they would also miss out on the extra £50m which Champions League qualification brings compared to the Europa League.

The Blues can guarantee a top-four finish with a point against Wolves at Stamford Bridge, or if Manchester United beat Leicester.

However, if Chelsea suffer defeat on the final day, Leicester will leapfrog them into fourth with any result at home to the Red Devils.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side cannot afford to lose against Wolves

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Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side cannot afford to lose against Wolves

With both United and Chelsea built around competing in the Champions League every season, the larger financial impact will be even greater.

Transfers will become more difficult and costly, TV revenue would be less, and commercial sales across the world would dip.

You can listen to the top-four race live across our network, with Leicester vs Manchester United live on talkSPORT and Chelsea vs Wolves live on talkSPORT 2 at 4pm.


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