Manchester City's kit is not expected to bear the famous Nike 'swoosh' next season, with the Premier League club in line to seal a multi-million-euro deal with Puma that would bring them closer to the big-money contracts boasted by competitors such as Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea.
Puma deal to see Man City net 55m euros a year
City's agreement with Nike is due to expire this year, and the Sky Blues are understood to be ready to swap the American manufacturer for Germans Puma, in a move that would more than double the money they bank annually from their shirt supplier: from 22 million to 55 million euros - an offer they cannot refuse.
Football's biggest kit deals
- Barcelona: 110 million euros/year - Nike
- Manchester United: 85 million euros/year - Adidas
- Chelsea: 68 million euros/year - Nike
- Bayern Munich: 48 million euros/year - Adidas
- Real Madrid: 38 million euros/year - Adidas
- Arsenal: 34 million euros/year - Puma
City in strong bargaining position
With Pep Guardiola's men 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League and also enjoying good results in the Champions League, City are in a stronger negotiating position than ever, and are intent on netting a kit deal that cuts the gap on city rivals United, who pocket 85 million a year from their partnership with Adidas.
The Red Devils are second only to LaLiga giants Barcelona, whose contract with Nike earns them 110 million euros a season.