Adidas are frontrunners to sign up Raheem Sterling as he sports their boots in Man City training with his Nike deal expiring
Every top sportswear giant have been pursuing the England forward, who has now surpassed the 30-goal mark for club and country in two consecutive seasons.
Sterling has sported Adidas boots during his past three training sessions at the City Football Academy, indicating where his commercial future could lie in the near future.
Raheem Sterling is being pursued by a number of sportswear giants as his Nike contract ends
The 25-year-old’s goalscoring prowess and activism off the pitch make him one of the most marketable players in world football and he will lead commercial activity at his next supplier.
A bidding war has seen Sterling field offers of a guaranteed seven-figure annual salary to become the face of various global firms, including Puma and New Balance.
Nike – who still want to retain the player – have a six-month window to match an offer before Sterling moves to a different manufacturer.
Sportsmail understands the winger could earn upwards of £10million a season should he trigger personal and team clauses built into deals.
As revealed by Sportsmail last year, Puma have been frontrunners to capture Sterling and view him as the posterboy for their global strategy.
Puma have viewed City and England star Sterling as a potential posterboy to their global plans
Puma are City’s £650m kit sponsor and count Pep Guardiola as an ambassador, with their two biggest on-field talents at the club being David Silva and Sergio Aguero. Silva is leaving the Etihad Stadium this summer and Aguero is out of contract next year.
The introduction of Sterling to their stable would represent a major fillip as he gears up for contract extension talks with City. Elsewhere, Puma boast Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Romelu Lukaku.
At Adidas, Sterling would join the likes of Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba, James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil.