Barcelona to Announce New Qatar Airways Sponsorship Deal | Amazon to Join Later?

Update #2: Catalan media is reporting in unison on Sunday that an announcement by Barcelona in regards to the sponsorship renewal with Qatar Airways is imminent.They state the new one-year contract between Qatar Airways and FC Barcelona will be worth between €35 and €40 million.

Update: Following up on the initial reports about FC Barcelona negotiating with Amazon over a possible sponsorship deal, both Mundo Deportivo and Sport yesterday stated that it looks most likely that the club will renew with previous sponsor Qatar Airways for another season, before Amazon could join from the 2017-18 season.

Additionally, Mundo Deportivo claims that the 'new' deal with Qatar Airways would be worth far below the initially reported €65 million per year, but would in turn not include the Barcelona training jerseys anymore.

Either way, we should find out soon as an official announcement is expected before the first pre-season friendly, against Celtic on July 30. Read out initial story below:

Amazon could become FC Barcelona's new shirt sponsor according to usually well informed Catalan radio station RAC1. The new FC Barcelona 2016-17 shirt sponsor deal is expected to be announced within two weeks.

Amazon And Qatar Airways Last Remaining Candidates to Sponsor 2016-17 Kits

Barcelona kit with Amazon as main sponsor.

RAC reports that the club hopes that the new Barcelona shirt sponsor deal can be announced before the first friendly of the pre-season against Celtic on June 30. The radio station also reports that Amazon and Qatar Airways are the only remaining options after Japanese-based retailer Rakuten opted out to be their new shirt sponsor.

However, as reported from RAC1, the figures being considered in the case of the US multinational are still far from the 65 million euros proposed by the president Josep Maria Bartomeu, and it still seems more likely that Qatar Airways will be on the front of the Barcelona 2016-2017 kits in the end.

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