Man Utd agrees mammoth sponsorship deal with adidas worth £750 million

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Manchester United have reached a ten-year agreement for a sponsorship with adidas. It is estimated that the deal is worth a minimum of GBP 750 million and will begin in the 2015/2016 campaign. 

Current sponsor, Nike, will continue its role of technical sponsor for the 2014/2015 season.

This will be one of the largest sponsorship deals in the history of football.  

The deal with adidas is more than twice as big as the Nike agreement signed in 2002, which was worth £303million.

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Chelsea fans in the UAE would welcome Drogba return

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The king could be back: Didier Drogba is linked with a return to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Chelsea fans based in the UAE have admitted they would love to see striker Didier Drogba back the club amid reports talks have begun over a shock return to Stamford Bridge.

According to reports, the Blues have opened discussions with Drogba's representatives that would see the Ivorian return to the club he spent eight years at and won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 UEFA Champions League.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is understood to be keen to recruit Drogba, who confirmed in May he would leave current club Galatasaray, as a back-up striker who would also take on some coaching responsibilities. 

The Blues are keen to further bolster their forward line following the arrival of Spain striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, while doubts remain over the futures of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, and Romelu Lukaku. Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has already left the club after one season.

And given the hero-status Drogba enjoys at Chelsea, fans in the UAE are understandably excited about the proposition of having 'king' Drogba back at the club.

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Mohammed Faisal, an aspiring goalkeeper from the UAE who supports Chelsea, would love this move to materialise. 

"It would be as big as Mourinho returning" said the 23-year-old. "The fans will welcome him back with open arms after all he has done for the club."

Whereas Egyptian UAE resident, Khaled Kashawy, 25, doesn't think Drogba would improve Chelsea's attacking options, he says the Ivory Coast forward will always be remembered as a Stamford Bridge legend.

"He is one of the best players in Chelsea's history but we don't want another Samuel Eto'o that is past it," said Kashawy.

However, Scott Carson, a fan based in Dubai, has warned fellow fans not to expect the same Drogba that terrorised defences during his first stint at the club should the 36-year-old return.

"He looked off the pace at the World Cup so I don't feel he will be as effective as he was in his last stint," said Carson.

"His last kick of the ball for Chelsea won us the Champions League in Munich so how can he ever exceed that glory again as a player?" 

One thing is for sure, Chelsea fans in the UAE and all around the world will be keeping a close eye on this transfer saga.

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Barcelona blocked from unveiling Suarez due to FIFA ban

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Lengthy ban: Suarez is forbidden from playing football for four months.

Barcelona will not be allowed to publicly unveil new £75million signing Luis Suarez while he remains banned for biting, FIFA has confirmed.

Suarez is due to complete his move from Liverpool in the next few days, and the Catalan club has previously introduced star signings including Neymar and Cesc Fabregas to packed stadiums.

There have been suggestions Barcelona could hold a similar event for Suarez in a non-football venue to get around the four-month ban imposed on the Uruguay striker for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, but FIFA has now confirmed to Press Association Sport that any such event will not be permitted while the ban remains in force.

FIFA's head of media Delia Fischer told Press Association Sport: "The ban relates to all football-related activity. He cannot be in a football-related public event irrespective of the venue.

"He cannot even be involved in a football-related charity event."

Suarez, 27, had his appeal against the four-month ban, plus a nine-match international and an 100,000 Swiss franc (£66,000) fine, rejected outright by FIFA's appeals committee.

He is expected to take his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a final bid to reduce the sanctions that, as they stand, will keep him out of club football until the end of October.

Suarez can also ask CAS to put his ban on hold pending their final decision but that would risk him missing more matches rather than a chunk of the close season if the court upholds the sanctions.

Some 90,000 packed the Nou Camp stadium for the unveiling of Brazil forward Neymar in June 2013. FIFA's original ban took into account that Suarez had shown no remorse for the biting incident, his third such attack in less than four years.

The player then did issue an official apology but it did not lead to any change of mind by the FIFA appeals panel. Suarez's lawyer on Friday claimed the punishment was "blatantly draconian, totalitarian and fascist".

Alejandro Balbi told Spanish radio station Cope: "The right of a footballer to work is being violated, and football should be worried about that.

"The nine (international) games may seem excessive, but the fact that he can't watch a game of football, or train or carry out his job, we are talking about unpleasant things."

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