Inter are set to avoid heavy punishment for their involvement in the European Super League, according to a report in the US media.

ESPN said the Nerazzurri were close to reaching an agreement with UEFA which would limit the sanctions they could receive after signing up to the project.

UEFA have spent the last 10 days speaking individually to the 12 clubs involved, aiming to secure a ‘formal definitive commitment’ from each to not pursue the Super League effort.

Seven clubs – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid – have reached an agreement, while Inter are close but have not yet agreed a deal.

European football’s governing body is ready to pursue heavy punishments for the four clubs still wedded to the Super League project, namely Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan.

These clubs could receive a two-year ban from the UEFA Champions League, the maximum punishment available to UEFA in their disciplinary pathway.

UEFA could open legal proceedings against the four rebel clubs for breaching Article 51 of their statutes, which says: “No combinations or alliances between… clubs affiliated, directly or indirectly, to different UEFA Member Associations may be formed without the permission of UEFA.”

However, sources close to the Super League have said UEFA would be in violation of a Madrid court injunction if they did begin legal proceedings.