By Nathan Salt For Mailonline
Published: 14:00 GMT, 25 February 2020 | Updated: 15:50 GMT, 25 February 2020
A proposal for the Champions League could see the top four in the Premier League forced to navigate a qualifying round to get to the group stages.
The current format sees the top four sides in England, Spain, Italy and Germany secure direct entry into the group stage of the tournament.
But, according to the Athletic, Danish champions FC Copenhagen have put forward a proposal that would take away the free pass for those sides.
A suggested reform to the Champions League could see Premier League teams be put into qualifying rounds ahead of the group stages depending on their European performance
Both Ajax and Celtic, who regularly navigate into the group stages through qualifying, are believed to support the suggested reform to the tournament.
The way Copenhagen's reform works is that every side that qualifies would be 'ranked' from one through to 79 which factors in their results in European competition over the previous 10 seasons.
Once the numbers are crunched, the 22 sides lowest on the list would be entered into the first round of qualifying, the next 13 sides go into second round, 12 more teams go into the