Aeroflot and Qatar Airways Battle It Out Over Barcelona Sponsorship

Russia's Aeroflot and Qatar Airways are in negotiations to become the official airline for FC Barcelona, a sponsor slot the Catalan club has been trying to fill since losing the Qatar Airways shirt sponsorship last summer.

Local paper Mundo Deportivo reports that Spanish budget line Vueling was also in talks with the club but that the negotiations with Aeroflot advanced fastest and almost reached completion.

Interestingly, according to the report, Qatar Airways, Barcelona's main sponsor until last season, entered the battle recently and could still be an outside option. The Qatari airline recently signed a similar deal with Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich. Aeroflot, meanwhile, is Manchester United's official airline.

An official announcement for the deal, which is valued between €7 and 10 million per season, is not expected in the immediate future as it will have to ratified by different parts of the club.

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