Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is set to sign a new £6 million-a-year deal with Nike. The Sunday Mirror says Ronaldo is on the verge of agreeing the biggest annual endorsement package in the game.
He will move closer to becoming the highest-paid footballer in the world.
It would not make marketing sense to Nike - who are in the middle of a kit deal with United worth £300m - if Ronaldo joined a club sponsored by commercial rivals adidas.
Ronaldo will see further development of the CR7 leisure range during the peak seasons of his career.
But United have made it clear that they will not be ready to renegotiate his playing deal for another 12 months.