City ready to unveil new kit after starting £72m six-year deal with Nike in New York
Manchester City will unveil a new first team kit on Tuesday as they kick off their six-year deal with Nike worth £72m.
City touched down in New York this evening for a week-long tour that involves two games against Chelsea but is predominantly aimed at strengthening commercial ties in America.
The recently-deposed Barclays Premier League champions hope to announce their new Major League Soccer franchise – based in the Queens district – while they are here and will release details of their new home shirt on Tuesday.
Thing of the past: City’s Jack Rodwell, seen here against Norwich, wears the Umbro kit for the last time on Sunday
Rivalry: Gareth Barry walks past the logo of rivals Manchester United as he prepares to fly out to New York for his side’s tour
The deal represents a 50 per cent increase on their previous deal with Umbro even if it does leave them trailing neighbours Manchester United who are currently negotiating a new deal with Nike expected to tip the £50m a year mark.
City’s players will be involved in several community projects during their six-night stay in New York.
For example, they will hand out gifts to children in the city affected by last year’s hurricane on Tuesday.
No thanks: City are not interested in signing Atletico Madrid’s Colombian forward Radamel Falcao
Renewing domestic rivalry: Manchester City will play Chelsea during their tour of the United States
Meanwhile, it is understood that suggestions City are about to close a deal to sign Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao are wide of the mark. City are not interested in the player.
City play Chelsea in St Louis on Thursday and again here in New York on Saturday.