Transfer Mechanics: Nibali to Trek-Segafredo as Bahrain-Merida talks break down

Vincenzo Nibali's time at Bahrain-Merida could well be over at the end of the year, with the rider and team unable to break their contract deadlock. Nibali joined the team in 2017 in their inaugural season. He was their marquee signing and the squad were built around his ambitions. He originally joined on a rumoured 10 million Euro three-year deal and last summer he was set to extend for one season on similar terms. However, Nibali and his agent later approached the squad with the plan of negotiating for a two-year deal, requesting similar terms to his last deal.ADVERTISEMENT Cyclingnews understands that the Bahrain-Merida management are unwilling to meet those terms, although when contacted they declined to comment on the matter. After their first contract discussions for a single season were dismissed by Nibali, there were a second round of talks for an additional second year but with different terms. These terms are common for riders in cycling over the age of 30, with Nibali now 34. In the months since those two rounds of discussions, Cyclingnews understands that Nibali has agreed on a move to Trek-Segafredo for next year. Several sources have told us that Nibali will move to Trek and bring with him an entourage that includes his brother and fellow Bahrain Merida rider, Antonio Nibali, and coach Paolo Slongo.
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