The ambiguous financial future of current Manchester United sponsor AIG is causing the club to seek other options elsewhere in case the firm is, as speculated, forced to end its link prematurely with the Premier League champions.
As such, the Old Trafford outfit has been holding talks with insurance giant Aon over a shirt sponsorship deal that could fetch United an annual sum that exceeds $32 million, according to British daily the Sunday Mirror.
It has been reported that the new deal could be in place by preseason, meaning Manchester United's kit next season would have the new sponsor dominating the front of its jerseys, and not AIG.
Aon has been in conversation with United ever since it was announced that the recession had hit AIG.
One insider is reported to have told the paper, "Talks have gone well and it's 90 percent certain that Aon will be United's new shirt sponsor. Whether it happens next season or the year after is yet to be decided."