Foot­ball: Nike to be Chelsea’s sports­wear sup­plier from next sea­son

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Nike will take over as Chelsea’s of­fi­cial sports­wear sup­plier next sea­son in what the English Pre­mier League club says is the “largest com­mer­cial deal” in its his­tory. Chelsea said yes­ter­day that it is a “long-term agree­ment” with Nike. The Lon­don club didn’t give any fi­nan­cial de­tails. Bri­tish me­dia re­ported the deal with Nike will be worth about $75 mil­lion a sea­son to Chelsea, which said last year it had bought its way out of a spon­sor­ship deal with Adi­das to switch sup­pli­ers. Chelsea signed a 10-year deal with Adi­das in 2013 but will be end­ing it af­ter just four years. Manchester United re­port­edly earns 75 mil­lion pounds (now $91.5 mil­lion) per year from its 10-year deal with Adi­das. Chelsea’s stand­ing has taken a hit fol­low­ing its 10th-place fin­ish last sea­son in a dis­ap­point­ing de­fense of its Pre­mier League ti­tle. That meant Chelsea didn’t qual­ify for ei­ther of this sea­son’s Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions. Af­ter seven games of the Pre­mier League sea­son, Chelsea are in sev­enth place.

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