Barcelona president Laporta confirms Nike jersey contract ‘was terminated’

Joan Laporta, president of La Liga giants Barcelona, has today provided a major update on the club’s dealings with kit manufacturer Nike.

This comes amid confirmation on the part of the Spanish patron that the club have already moved to terminate their long-running agreement with the North American company.

It is of course common knowledge that Barcelona are currently in the process of seeking out a lucrative new jersey manufacturing deal.

As much comes with the Blaugrana continuing to struggle from a monetary standpoint, therefore eager to increase their annual revenue stream through a partnership with one of the globe’s leading sporting brands.

Barca have been on the books of the aforementioned Nike since all the way back in 1998, with their current terms due to run through the summer of 2026.

However, the relationship between the parties has soured in recent times, opening the door for the likes of Puma to enter the fray in efforts to oust the American sportswear brand as the primary manufacturer for the Catalans.

Speaking to the media on Saturday, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of the club’s relationship with Nike was put to the aforementioned Joan Laporta.

And, in his response, Barcelona’s president confirmed that he and his team of directors have already gone as far as to inform Nike of the partnership between the entities being ‘terminated’:

“We told Nike that, based on breaches that for us were flagrant, we were terminating the contract,” Laporta began, speaking whilst in attendance at the premiere of the Barca Studios video podcast series, as cited by Mundo Deportivo. “They had 45 days to compensate us, they did not do so and we informed them that the contract was terminated, to which they responded with precautionary measures that we have responded to and now we are seeing the solution to these measures.”

Conor Laird | GSFN

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