Arsenal have reportedly signed allegiance to German-based Puma, ending their 20-year-long relationship with Nike.
The north London club will rake in over £30 million a year, over a period of five years. The deal totals a staggering £170 million. The deal trumps the previous biggest in English football - Liverpool's £25 million a year with Warrior. Even though the deal may not be announced for a while and will not be activated until the 2013/14 season, it will add to Arsene Wenger's bank balance for this summer.
Arsene Wenger, already armed with a £70 million kitty from the recent deal with Emirates, won't be able to provide fans with an excuse if he doesn't spend big this summer.
The club is reportedly looking for a "back-up" goalkeeper to compete with current first-choice keeper, Wojciech Szczesny. Many names have been linked with the Gunners including Victor Valdes, Pepe Reina, and Stoke City's Asmir Begovic. Strongly linked with the club is Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina. He is said to be one of Arsene Wenger's top transfer targets this summer. Arsenal are fighting for a top four spot right now, and if they are to ensure this spot next year without a struggle, Wenger needs to spend on experienced and talented reinforcements.
Nike's current deal with Arsenal expires at the end of next season. Both Arsenal and Nike have chosen not to comment on the choice to end their 20-year relationship. Warrior and Adidas were also said to be interested in a deal with Arsenal, but Puma blew aside all competition with their astonishingly large offer.
As the summer transfer window edges nearer, Arsenal fans will be biting their nails in anticipation of big-name and talented signings.
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