According to the Daily Mail (no link because…you know, it’s a horrible publication), Adidas will take over from Puma as Arsenal’s official kit partner from next season – but then if you’re a regular listener to the Arsecast, you’ll know this already because we revealed that a few weeks ago.
The Gunners have reportedly agreed a £300 million package that will see the German company pay us £60 million a season for five years; double the figure currently earned from Puma.
If confirmed, the terms would be the third-highest kit deal in world football, level with Chelsea (Nike) and behind Manchester United (Adidas, £75m / season) and Barcelona (Nike, £105m / season).
Puma took over from Nike, who partnered with the Gunners for 20 years, in 2014 and have made 15 kits for the club.
Arsenal worked with Adidas between 1986 and 1994, producing some of the clubs most iconic kits, including the famous bruised banana away shirt and home and away kits worn by Championship-winning sides in 1989 and 1991.
There’s unlikely to be any official confirmation of the deal for a while yet, but no doubt, should the report prove correct, the increased revenue will come in handy during next summer’s transfer window.
Hopefully, Adidas will also deliver some decent eye-catching designs, fans have been very critical of Puma’s offerings in recent seasons.