Chelsea are parting company with sportswear giants, adidas as their kit supplier six years early after becoming fed up with Manchester United receiving most of the attention and two-and-a-half times as much money, according to the Daily Mail.
The split at the end of next season is said to be by mutual consent but talks instigated by Chelsea have been going on for some time, with the club increasingly annoyed by the way adidas have been concentrating on United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus, and on signing new players.
The Chelsea shirt deal was worth £30million a year, compared to United’s £75m contract. The London club, who have agreed a £40m severance with adidas, will want at least £50m a year from whoever they sign with after parting ways with Adidas.
Nike would be prepared to pay that but, intriguingly, are close to agreeing a shirt deal with Spurs from the start of the 2017-18 season when they could be sharing Wembley as a home ground with Chelsea.
The other possibilities are Japanese firm Uniqlo, to complement the £40m-a-year shirt sponsorship with Yokohama, or Li Ning from football boom country China, but it remains unclear where they will pitch their tent in the end.