Sunday, April 02, 2006

Man U may sign-up £60m shirt sponsor this week

Manchester United is expected to sign the biggest shirt sponsorship contract in world football history this week - a £60 million four-year deal with the Mansion online gambling group.

"Lawyers are going over the contract this weekend. We hope to have the deal signed by Monday or Tuesday," a Man United "insider" told London's News of the World.

"United needed to inform kit manufacturers Nike about their new sponsors by yesterday or face huge penalties," the newspaper further reported.

It also claimed that Mansion owner, Indonesian billionaire, Putera Sampoerna, had sent his son to England on Friday to tie up the deal with United which will launch a gambling promotion blitz into Asia.

See also: Asian-backed Mansion tipped to be ManU sponsor (4 Mar)

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