Aaron Ramsey is set to sign a lucrative deal with sportswear firm Warrior in what stands as the latest scoop for the US giant, reports The Mail.
The Arsenal midfielder has been sponsored by Adidas throughout his professional career, but has seen his marketability skyrocket in the last 18 months. Warrior have jumped on the Welshman, labelling him as a key capture in a growing portfolio of Premier League stars.
Warrior have only been involved in football since the turn of the decade but now hold an impressive array of international stars as well as Premier League teams. Liverpool became the highest profile team to be sponsored by Warrior after agreeing a £150 million, six-year deal in 2012.
Now they sponsor Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini and Tom Ince while also holding kit deals with Stoke, Porto and Sevilla. As a new company in football business, Ramsey would be a significant coup.
Rise to prominence
Incredible goal scoring form saw Ramsey elevated to hero status in north London, and he was rewarded with a contract worth a reported £100,000-a-week. His deal with Warrior is likely to increase his incomings further.
“We bought him for £5 million - and I wouldn’t sell him for £50 million!” - Arsene Wenger on Aaron Ramsey
Although struggling with form and fitness this term, the 23-year-old is still expected to flourish for the Gunners as he did last season. His form has seen his appeal grow exponentially in Britain and Europe, aided by his deal with a modelling firm Elite Model Management earlier this year.
Arsene Wenger provided some scope to Ramsey's market value after hinting he would not sell the Wales international for even £50 million. Ramsey's excellent form had seen him linked with a potential move to Barcelona, but Wenger reaffirmed his position in December 2013.
He told reporters: “We bought him for £5 million - and I wouldn’t sell him for £50 million!”
The comments were a relief to Arsenal fans who were growing worryingly accustomed to seeing their best players leave the Emirates.