Arsenal set to axe Puma sponsorship and join rival Adidas when £30m-a-season deal runs out in two years
Arsenal’s existing £150million five-year deal with Puma has two seasons to run.The Mail and Mirror have reported that rival German kit manufacturer Adidas is in pole position to step in. Arsenal could even end their deal with Puma early, as Chelsea did with Adidas in order to switch to Nike.
When the Gunners signed up with Puma in 2014, after 20 years with Nike, the deal was considered a major coup.Puma said it was the biggest that both they and Arsenal had ever signed.But with Premier League incomes continuing to sky rocket, that deal has since been dwarfed by rivals. Chelsea’s deal with Nike is said to be worth £60m a season for 15 years.
Arsenal will want a similar amount as they strive to stay in touch with their rivals. Manchester United receive £75m a season in a 10-year deal with Adidas, while Barcelona will rake in £140m a season from Nike from next year. Adidas want a London Premier League club after losing Chelsea to Nike.
The US company has also started producing Tottenham’s kit this season.
Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott are all already sponsored by Adidas.