Major League Soccer’s New York City only team exempt from extensive technical partnership.
Premier League champions Manchester City’s reported new kit supply deal with Puma will cover all clubs in their parent company City Football Group’s (CFG) ownership portfolio – with the exception of New York City.
The English soccer giants are widely reported to have agreed a technical partnership with the German sportswear brand worth UK£50 million (US$64.8 million) per year from the 2019/20 season. The tie-up would represent the largest commercial deal in the club’s history and would be the third biggest deal in the Premier League behind cross-city rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
Spanish daily newspaper Mundo Deportivo has now revealed that the partnership incorporates all clubs owned by CFG, including La Liga side Girona, Australian outfit Melbourne City, Japan’s Yokohama F Marinos and Uruguayan outfit CA Torque.
New York City are the only team exempt from the deal due to Major League Soccer’s (MLS) league-wide contract with Adidas, which prevents clubs from signing their own kit supplier.
Manchester City’s deal with Puma would see the brand replace American sportswear giant Nike, which the Daily Mail says currently pays the club just UK£20 million annually.
The news comes after City swept aside last season’s FA Cup winners Chelsea with a 2-0 win in English soccer’s annual curtain-raiser, the Community Shield.