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- Barcelona were in talks over renewing sponsor deal with Qatar Airways
- Spanish champions wanted to raise deal from £28m to £47m-per-season
- Qatar Airways have opened talks over replacing BBVA as La Liga sponsor
Qatar Airways are coming to the end of a their £28million-a-season deal with the club and after negotiations to extend the deal and raise the annual payment to £47m broke down last year there has been little progress made.
Barça have already given the order to Nike to start making their shirts for next season without a sponsor while hoping that eventually they can reach an agreement with Qatar.
Barcelona look set to lose their shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways, which was worth £28m-per-season
Barca are one win away from retaining the La Liga title - while Qatar Airways have opened talks with the league
But according to Diario AS the club has become aware of negotiations between Qatar and La Liga that would end Barcelona’s chances of renewing a deal.
The Spanish League is also looking for a new sponsor after the bank BBVA confirmed it would not be renewing its partnership with Spanish football’s biggest competition that is due to end in June 2016.
Qatar Airways have opened talks over replacing BBVA as sponsors of La Liga
The Catalan club ended a 111 year-tradition of not having a paid for shirt sponsor (above) by signing a deal with Qatar Foundation in 2010
BBVA had been paying the league £18.5million-a-season since 2013 but League head Javier Tebas could potentially top that with Qatar.
Barcelona thought they had a new £47m-a-season deal with Qatar Airways all-but signed but the Qataris stalled last October and the clock is now ticking towards the end of the season with Barça potentially without a sponsor.
Barcelona are talking to other potential sponsors but none is likely to reach the £47m the club believed they would receive from Qatar.
Barcelona always win La Liga when they lead the table entering a final day showdown... and that's bad news for Real Madrid ahead of Saturday
- Barcelona and Real Madrid go head-to-head on La Liga's final Saturday
- Luis Enrique's team have a one-point advantage over their bitter rivals
- And every time Barca have led entering final day, they've won the title
- This has happened on nine occasions during Spanish league history
- Barca travel to Granada while Real are at Deportivo La Coruna
That’s the bad news for Real Madrid supporters hoping to stop Barcelona winning their sixth title in the last 10 years on Saturday at Granada.
Nine times Barca have gone into the final day of the season leading the table but still with the destiny of La Liga still in the balance and it has always fallen their way. On six of those occasions Real Madrid has been the other team.
Barcelona are in pole position in the title race heading into Saturday's decisive round of La Liga fixtures
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring in Barcelona's 5-0 derby win over Espanyol on Sunday
It leaves Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo with it all to do when they visit Deportivo on Saturday
Barcelona sit one point ahead of Real Madrid ahead of the closing weekend of La Liga fixtures
Barca beat Valladolid 4-0 and Malaga took a point from Madrid to leave Real three points behind the leaders at the final table.
In the 1993-94 season Barca were two points behind Deportivo but the team from La Coruna failed to beat Valenica with Miroslav Dukic missing a penalty and so with a 5-2 win over Sevilla the Catalans once again took the league.
That came after two consecutive seasons of snatching it from Madrid on the last day with Madrid slipping up away to Tenerife on both occasions.
In the 1992-93 season Barca beat Real Sociedad 1-0 to leapfrog Real Madrid after they lost 2-0 to Tenerife.
And the season before Barca once again pipped Madrid to the post by a solitary point when Tenerife this time beat Real Madrid 3-2 and Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0.
Back in 2010, Barcelona won the title on the final day of the season when they beat Valladolid 4-0
The Barca players celebrate with the trophy after retaining the La Liga title on the final day in 2010
Yaya Toure skips past the challenge of Valladolid's Hector Font during that final day game in 2010
LAST 10 LA LIGA CHAMPIONS
In the final game of the 1992-93 season Madrid defender Manolo Sanchís recalled this week: ‘We lost the game on the flight. There was a problem on board and 15 minutes in the temperature went up to 60 degrees and stayed that way for around 30 minutes.
'We finally landed at 12.30 am the night before the game but some of the players had lost five kilos in weight.’
Madrid also blew the league on the last day back in 1960 when the lost 1-0 away to Las Palmas and Barcelona won 5-0 at home to Zaragoza levelling with their great rivals on 46 points.
In the 1952-53 season it was a three horse race and Barca still came out on top. They beat Athletic 3-2 at home while Valencia won 2-0 away to Zaragoza and Real Madrid lost 2-1 away to Celta Vigo. Barca finished with 42 points, Valencia with 40 and Madrid with 39 in third place.
In the 1948-49 season the same three teams were involved and again Barca won at home – beating Espanyol in a local derby – Valencia won 2-0 and Madrid drew with Alcoyano 2-2. Barca again finished top with Madrid third and Valencia second.
The season before they edged past Valencia on the last day beating Athletic while Valencia lost 5-2 to Celta and they also won the domestic crown on the last day in 1929 but only because of a game they had left to play after all other sides had finished their fixtures.
When the go into the last round of fixtures without the advantage in the table things are less straightforward.
That was the story two years ago when they played Atletico Madrid in the final game and drew 1-1 to hand the league to Diego Simeone's team who maintained their three point advantage.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is hoisted in the air after their 1-1 draw at Barcelona secured the title at the Nou Camp back in 2014
Diego Godin scored Atletico's equaliser in a thrilling game and it proved enough to win them the league
Luis Enrique is hoping to lead Barcelona to their third La Liga title in the past four seasons
Neymar and Luis Suarez celebrate as Barcelona rattled in another goal - they have 109 in the league
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane knows his team can only hope that Barcelona slip up on Saturday
The shred of consolation for Madrid fans who find all this grim reading is that in all of the examples Barcelona were home on the last weekend.
This time they must go to Granada and Los Carmenes has not always been a happy hunting ground in recent years.
In the 2013-14 season they lost 1-0 to a Brahimi goal after a mistake by Alex Song and waved goodbye to their chances of winning La Liga that season.
In the 2011-12 season they won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Xavi but made hard work of the victory. And the following season they scraped to a 2-1 victory thanks to a Leo Messi double having gone behind to current Watford striker Ighalo.