New Year, New Contract?! Paulinho to Leave Nike

Paulinho, who has made quite a name for himself at the Camp Nou following his summer move from China, appears to holding out for a new boot contract. At least that's the impression given by him wearing blacked-out football boots in today's league game against Levante.

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Usually with Nike and wearing the Nike Mercurial Vapor XI 'Play Fire' cleats recently, Paulinho has blacked out a pair of the exact model and colorway to hide all brandings.

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With the new year only just behind us, it's likely that Paulinho's previous contract with Nike has ended and he's currently not happy with the terms offered to renew.

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Given Paulinho's increased stance in the game as a starter for Brazil and important player at Barcelona, he should be a target for all the big brands, although Nike is obviously the most likely option here.

Do you think Paulinho will stay in blackouts long or will a brand offer him a contract to match his status soon? Leave a comment below.
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