In what has been one of the worst kept secrets in sports, it appears Tottenham might have finally completed a huge new kit manufacturing deal with Nike.
ESPNFC correspondent Dan Kilpatrick reported on Twitter Friday morning that Spurs have wrapped up negotiations with the U.S. sporting giant to be their supplier, starting next season.
#thfc Told Tottenham have done a deal with Nike to be their kit supplier from next season.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) December 30, 2016
This deal first popped onto the radar back in March. Most educated guesses have placed the deal in the £30m-a-year range, a major bump from the £10m per season the club currently receives from supplier Under Armour.
Nike just signed an insane 15-year, £60m-a-season deal with Chelsea, an agreement some worried could potentially scupper any chance of Spurs getting that sweet, sweet swoosh money — or as Dustin so eloquently put it, “Tottenham’s major kit deal might have just gotten Willian’d.”
If it does go through, it would make Spurs’ kit deal one of the most lucrative in the Premier League, behind just Chelsea, Man United (£75m-a-year from Adidas), level with North London rivals Arsenal (£30m-a-year from Puma), and just ahead of Liverpool (£25m-a-year with New Balance).
This deal will also raise speculation that the company will be on the shortlist as a sponsor for Tottenham’s new stadium. Daniel Levy told ESPN in September he has already approached more than 300 companies about naming rights. The chairman is reportedly seeking a £25m-a-year deal ahead of a proposed move for the 2018-19 season.
Obviously we won’t know what the shirts will look like until well after the deal is done and dusted. These designs did the rounds on Twitter earlier this month and while they’re probably fake, they’re also pretty slick. At least there are no ruddy pinstripes on the gold shirt.