Manchester City Ditch Nike For Staggering Puma Deal

Fernandinho is almost irreplaceable at City. Image PA Images

Gabriel Jesus and John Stones are available for Manchester City's Premier League trip to Bournemouth but Pep Guardiola will not be able to call upon Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte until next month.

Though initial discussions with PUMA focused on making kits just for City, the Daily Mail report that other clubs under the CFG umbrella - Girona, Melbourne City, Uruguay's Atletico Torque and newly acquired Chinese club, Sichuan Jiuniu - were later incorporated into the deal.

But Arsenal and Chelsea will point out that their £60m-a-year partnerships with Puma and Nike respectively are club specific contracts rather than a group wide arrangement.

The new deal dwarfs the current one with Nike which stands at 20m pounds a year.

The only CFG clubs not included are New York City, due to the centralisation of such deals in Major League Soccer, and Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos, who are still under contract with another manufacturer. "It is an unprecedented partnership".

"Puma share our vision for challenging expectations, and we are looking forward to what we believe will be a ground-breaking partnership". This is who we are now, this is the product we can offer.

Long-serving City stars Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero already have boot deals with Puma and have been involved in the online roll-out of the partnership.

Puma chief executive Bjorn Gulden said it was the biggest deal his firm had ever done. "We are very excited to partner with City Football Group, whose success, ambition and drive for innovation has seen them setting new standards, on and off the field".

"We are in a position with 10 games left, many things will happen".

City are a point behind Premier League leaders Liverpool with 10 games of the season remaining and will face a Bournemouth side they have beaten on all seven of their previous Premier League encounters.



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