STER­LING’S £100m RE­BOOT AS NIKE BREAK BANK TO KEEP CITY STRIKER

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football - By SAMI MOKBEL

NIKE have made Ra­heem Ster­ling a record-break­ing of­fer to re­tain the Manch­ester City and Eng­land striker as one of their global am­bas­sadors. Ster­ling’s ex­ist­ing deal with the Amer­i­can sports­wear gi­ant ex­pires next year, but

Sports­mail un­der­stands dis­cus­sions over ex­tend­ing the con­tract are ad­vanced. The deal on the ta­ble is for three years, to 2023, and would be one of the most lu­cra­tive deals of all-time with a foot­baller. Ster­ling is hot prop­erty in the sports­wear mar­ket, with Puma and Air Jor­dan pitch­ing to sign him. Air Jor­dan, a sub­sidiary of Nike with a basketball fo­cus, have only been in foot­ball for a year, but they are re­ported to have of­fered the Eng­land striker close to £100mil­lion. The Puma of­fer is de­scribed as ‘game-chang­ing’. Ster­ling is ex­pected to make a de­ci­sion early next year, hav­ing just opened talks with City on a new play­ing con­tract de­spite hav­ing signed his lat­est £300,000-a-week deal little more than 12 months ago.

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