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Jan 28, 2014

Man United eye record new kit deal

The FC team reacts to Juan Mata's debut and the return of Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United are negotiating with several sportswear companies as the Premier League champions look to secure a new record-breaking kit deal.

Mata logged 85 minutes before being replaced by Adnan Januzaj.
Manchester United is negotiating new kits.

The club's current 13-year sponsorship deal with Nike, which is worth 303 million pounds ($502 million), expires at the end of the 2014-15 season. Nike did not agree to a new deal during last year's exclusivity period for contract talks.

According to The Times and The Guardian, Adidas, Warrior and Puma are among those interested in becoming the club's new kit supplier in a deal potentially worth 70 million pounds a year.

United said in a statement that "we are currently are in discussions with multiple parties. ... This process is a routine practice used for our global and regional sponsorship deals and helps us maximize the value/structure of the club's partnerships."

On Monday, Arsenal announced a new kit deal with Puma which is worth 30 million pounds a year, the most valuable tie-up in the Premier League.

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