£150m of talent: The top 5 Puma backed players Arsenal must pursue

Arsenal have signed a record kit sponsorship deal with Puma, so which players could the company help them land?

Arsenal announced a stunning £30 million-per-year deal with kit manufacturers Puma on Monday, ending a 20-year association with Nike.

The deal with Puma begins from next season, and will last five years, report The BBC.

Talk has already begun about the increased transfer pot the deal will bring to the club, and the financial health it brings.

Arsenal are Puma's highest profile English club they have a deal with, Cardiff City and Newcastle United also in their stable.

In addition to clubs around the world, Puma have sponsorship and endorsement deals with scores of players around Europe and the world.

Could Arsenal use their new business contacts to secure any of these? While we have discounted likely impossible targets like Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero, these five could be particularly tempting or interesting to the Gunners, who total an estimated transfer value equal to Puma's investment in the Gunners...

Mario Balotelli (35m)

Italian maverick Mario Balotelli is Puma's biggest new star, signing a deal with them in late December. With Puma sponsoring the Italian national team, bringing their top striker on board was good business. Could they align their stars further by bringing him back to England to play for Arsenal? Balotelli may be tempted given AC Milan appear certain to miss out on Champions League football next season.

Antoine Griezmann (25m)

In-form French wing sensation Antoine Griezmann could be the perfect fit for Arsenal. He is a naturally left-sided winger who would add a new dimension to their attack, and has been touted for a move this month. He is unlikely to leave Real Sociedad this January, but the 12-goal 22-year-old also faces an uphill task to qualify for the Champions League next year. He is one of Puma's rising stars, and wears these unmissable boots.

Loic Remy (15m)

A long-term strike option for Arsenal, Loic Remy has been with Puma for more than three seasons. Currently on loan at Newcastle, the pacy Frenchman is proving himself a Premier League force, scoring 11 in 19 starts this season. With Newcastle the other big Premier League club in Puma's stable, did they help his loan along, and could they nudge him towards a permanent summer deal to Arsenal when he leaves QPR?

Marco Reus (£35m)

Marco Reus is one of the more tempting players Arsenal could buy with their transfer money, like Griezmann he would be an instant fit on the left wing. The German international has a release clause in his contract and has starred in Puma adverts alongside Gunners legend Thierry Henry. The sticking point would be Puma's ongoing deal with his present club Borussia Dortmund, and manager Jurgen Klopp.

Cesc Fabregas (45m)

Puma announced a deal with Fabregas in 2011, a month after the Spaniard sealed his return to Barcelona. Arsenal have a first option in the contract to re-sign their former player should he decide to leave the Camp Nou. He is enjoying his best season at the club at present under Tata Martino, scoring eight times and providing 11 assists.

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