Chelsea have a announced a new sponsor.
Chelsea have confirmed that the club has signed a new £200m five-year kit deal with Japanese tyre company Yokohama.
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Worth £40 million per season, the deal becomes the second most lucrative in Premier League history, second only to the £50m a year deal between American car manufacturer Chevrolet and Manchester United.
Chelsea’s chairman Bruce Buck told The Independent that “It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Yokohama as our new official shirt partner and we look forward to a successful relationship with them. Chelsea and Yokohama are a perfect fit. Both are global organisations with a focus on performance and innovation, as well as having huge ambition and an unwavering culture of success.”
The firm, which also sponsors NBA teams Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs, first entered negotiations with Chelsea last month after a potential deal with Turkish Airlines collapsed.
The deal could reignite rumours that Messi could move to Stamford Bridge, with the Metro recently reporting Barcelona would consider a £200 million offer.