East Bengal is desperately looking for sponsors to host English Premier League giants Manchester United for a dream clash, later this year as part of their centenary celebrations.
A Manchester United delegation did a recce for the match, planned as per their ongoing centenary celebrations, but with the budget estimated to be ₹30-crore plus, East Bengal are now in a quandary.
“They are happy and have submitted the report after the inspection. After May we can decide whether they would play or not. As of now we are busy with finding a few investors,” East Bengal executive member Debabrata Sarkar said.
Having severed ties with current sponsors Quess Corp who are set to leave after the end of the season, East Bengal are looking for new commercial partners.
On the field too East Bengal are going through a rough patch having suffered four defeats from five matches, including a derby debacle to slip to seventh in the table.
East Bengal‘s Bengaluru-based title sponsors Quess Corp drew criticism in social for the performance as they have posted an apology. “QEBFC management expresses its sincere regret and apology for any statement/comment which have hurt our fan base and anyone in the East Bengal Family,” it said in their tweet post.
Last month, shoes were thrown at Quess East Bengal CEO Sanjit Sen and COO Biswajit Chatterjee following their 1-3 loss to Gokulam Kerala in an I-League match in Kalyani.
The 20-time Premier League champions Manchester United have reportedly agreed to play the Kolkata giants. If all goes well, the Man U team for the Kolkata exhibition game may feature Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, and new player Bruno Fernandes. However, the hefty fee Manchester United has asked for remains the big headache for the Kolkata outfit even if the payments are to be made in installments.