Report: Manchester city to replace Nike with Puma

Report: Manchester city to replace Nike with Puma
English top-tier soccer side Manchester City are set to put pen to paper on a deal with Germany sportswear brand Puma to replace Nike as their official kit supplier, according to UK media.

The British tabloid the Daily Mail has reported that the agreement is worth as much as UK£50 million (US$67 million) per year – a significant increase on the club’s current deal – and will begin in the 2019/20 season.

Nike agreed a six-year kit partnership with City in 2013 worth UK£72 million (US$109 million) in total, but the American sportswear company’s existing partnership is due to come to an end at the close of the 2017/18 season.

The agreement would be the largest commercial deal in the Blues’ history.

Puma are the official kit suppliers of fellow Premier League side Arsenal, who agreed a five-year deal with the German sports company in 2013 worth UK£30 million (US$40 million) per year. 

Manchester City are currently at the top of the Premier League in 2017/18, eight points clear of home rivals Manchester United and unbeaten in their opening 13 games. The Blues beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 away on 26th November, and will host tenth-placed Southampton on Wednesday.

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