sport news Man Utd set to have Tinder as £12m-a-year sleeve sponsor

are understood to have had sponsorship discussions with online dating service Tinder.

The Silicon Valley company are said to be interested in becoming United's sleeve sponsor - a new commercial opportunity for Premier League clubs from the upcoming season.

Nine clubs, including United's big six rivals Chelsea and Manchester City, have signed sleeve deals but none for any amount near the £12million a year that Tinder are said to be offering.

Manchester United could have Tinder as their shirt-sleeve sponsor for the upcoming season

could have Tinder as their shirt-sleeve sponsor for the upcoming season

Tinder are willing to pay £12million-a-year to have their logo on United's left sleeve

Tinder are willing to pay £12million-a-year to have their logo on United's left sleeve

Manchester City have a £10million sleeve-patch sponsorship deal with Nexen of South Korea

Manchester City have a £10million sleeve-patch sponsorship deal with Nexen of South Korea

The advertising space on the left sleeve - with the Premier League logo on the right - is being valued by the industry at 20 per cent of the main shirt sponsor. So Tinder paying £12m fits in with the £50m a year United are paid by Chevrolet.

The claimed Tinder talks with United come as the dating app, which has 50m users making 1 billion swipes per day, is looking for a more mainstream image and a global following.

The partnership could open up new ways to connect with fans. Tinder already have a deal with Italian club Napoli, which includes special interaction with Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik, who was given a dating profile on the app.

A United spokesman declined to comment.

Napoli and their striker Arkadiusz Milik teamed up with the online dating app in May

Napoli and their striker Arkadiusz Milik teamed up with the online dating app in May

Milik picked his four favourite replies before offering them the chance to meet him in person

Milik picked his four favourite replies before offering them the chance to meet him in person

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