By Neil King
Spanish football club’s president is in Qatar to discuss multi-million dollar sponsorship deal
FC Barcelona’s iconic Camp Nou stadium could be renamed as part of a sponsorship deal being thrashed out in Doha.
The Spanish club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, is in the Qatari capital with key advisors as he looks to seal a new deal that would be presented to the club’s members at an annual general meeting on 24 October.
The deal is expected to include renewed shirt sponsorship with Qatar Airways, rising from $34 million per year to around $74 million per year, as well as the potential sale of naming rights for the stadium.
The controversial move could generate about $225 million for the football club, which is looking to renovate its historic stadium and surrounding area as part of the Espai Barcelona development, which aims to provide the world’s biggest sports facility in a city centre setting.