Inter are negotiating with ‘three or four big companies’ in their hunt for a new main shirt sponsor, according to a report in the Italian media.
Gazzetta.it said the Nerazzurri were likely to need at least another month before securing a replacement for Pirelli, whose contract expires on June 30.
Inter president Steven Zhang originally wanted a deal worth €30 million annually, a huge rise on the €11 million plus bonuses being paid currently by Pirelli.
The club’s plans are being hindered by the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Inter are hoping that winning the Serie A title will help them guarantee a good price anyway.
Inter will not make any progress on the sponsorship hunt until Zhang has sorted the club’s more urgent financial concerns – although that seems likely to be resolved next week.
Once the Nerazzurri have secured the funds they need, Zhang will continue looking for a sponsor and also seek to make progress on their new stadium project.
Inter and AC Milan’s plans to build a new San Siro with Milan’s city council have ground to a halt, but Zhang is unlikely to meet mayor Giuseppe Sala before the end of this month.