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Mail Sport has discovered that a penalty clause has been included under the terms of the club’s renegotiated 10-year agreement with adidas.
That means United stand to lose up to £100m from the arrangement should the troubled giants consistently fail to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition.
The record-breaking kit deal — potentially worth £900m — will start in the 2025-26 season.
United’s current 10-year arrangement started in 2015 and is worth up to £750m.
Manchester United could miss out on up to £100m should they fail to get Champions League consistently throughout their upcoming Adidas contract
Erik ten Hag’s side qualified for the Champions League last season but are currently sixth
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It contains a Champions League clause that means a failure to play in it for two consecutive seasons reduces annual payments by £25m a year.
The club have missed out on the elite competition three times since the deal was signed.
It is understood the fresh adidas deal also contains bonus clauses worth up to £4.4m a year if the men’s or women’s teams win domestic or European silverware.
Manchester United are currently bottom of their Champions League group after losing to Copenhagen in midweek