The have been with the club and sponsoring all kits since 2001, but now it seems that US sportswear Nike, with their famous tick logo, will not renew a long-running kit supply deal with Manchester United due to the cost of a new contract, according to Reuters.
Nike has been supplying Manchester United’s kits and designing them since 2002, but the current agreement expires at the end of the 2014/15 season, in which the latest kit design has just been released including new sponsors Chevrolet.
It is rumoured that Adidas are set to jump in with an offer that Manchester United simply wouldn’t be able to refuse.
A source close to Nike said:
“Clearly Nike’s football business is booming and they could easily afford to do this (deal). They had the right to match any other offer but looking at the deal on the table, they will walk away as it doesn’t make commercial sense”
Manchester United got around £38million from the Nike deal during the 2012/13 season.
Media reports had suggested that Manchester United are looking for a new deal worth around £60million per season.
Nike and Adidas are battling for supremacy in the soccer kit industry, adding Manchester United to the list of Adidas would be a fantastic addition. One that the fans would also like to see.
One Manchester United fan said:
“It would be great for Adidas to take over, in recent years the Nike kits designed for United all look the same, Adidas designs, such as Real Madrid’s look class”
Adidas and Manchester United both declined to comment as over Tuesday.