English football club Chelsea are on the verge of agreeing a £25 million-a-year shirt sponsorship deal with Turkish Airlines.
The deal, which is expected to be finalised by Christmas, will become the fourth largest Premier League shirt sponsorship ever, behind Manchester United (Chevrolet), Manchester City (Etihad) and Arsenal (Fly Emirates) who earn £45m, £40m and £30m respectively.
Turkish Airlines are offering a £7m increase on Chelsea's current sponsors Samsung, who have been with the club since 2005. The carrier, which is known with excellent inflight service, promotes itself with famous names of sports industry such as Lionel Messi, Kobe Bryant and Chelsea star Didier Drogba.
Also, it has recently been sponsors of Barcelona, Manchester United and the Turkish national team.