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Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr considering severing ties with Nike – report

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From being criticised as a failure not long ago to now starting regularly for Brazil in the FIFA World Cup, Vinicius Jr has come a long way.

The 22-year-old Real Madrid superstar has grown into a recognisable across the globe which has helped him earn bigger and better sponsorship deals.

But, Vinicius has been supported by sporting good giants Nike for close to ten years now, well before his meteoric rise. He serves as one of the company’s biggest talismans in Brazil after they terminated Neymar’s deal last year. However, things are not looking rosy on that front.

According to reports from AS, Vinicius is looking to terminate his deal with the US-based company for a host of reasons.

For starters, the Brazilian feels undervalued and neglected by the company as he was made to wear an old model of the Mercurial Vapor 14 for the World Cup. Moreover, he feels the economic terms of his deal are not satisfactory and he was not called for the company’s World Cup ad.

Needless to say, Vinicius has the right to feel unjustly done. Despite being young, he is one of the biggest stars in both his club and country setups and his fame is just growing with every passing day. His current deal runs until 2028. And a lot has to change to keep the terms up to date.

The youngster has six goals and three assists in La Liga this season and a further five goal-contributions in the UEFA Champions League.

In the ongoing World Cup, he was heavily involved in both Richarlison’s goals in Brazil’s opening game against Serbia and also impressed in his outing against Switzerland. With Neymar recovering from an injury, Selecao will look to Vinicius to provide the spark in the final third when they face South Korea in the Round of 16.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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