Barcelona Start Printing Shirts with No Main Sponsor for 2016/17 Season

Mark Bollons@markbollonsFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2016

BARCELONA, SPAIN:  FC Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o (L) of Cameroon and Brazilian's Ronaldinho celebrate their third goal against FC Xakhtar during their Group F European Champions League football match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona 29 September 2004. AFP PHOTO/LLUIS GENE.  (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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There's a chance Barcelona will go back to not having a sponsor on the front of their shirts next season.

The Blaugrana have begun printing kits without a name front and centre, per Sport, with their current Qatar Airways deal set to expire at the end of the 2015/16 season.

A number of other companies are in the frame to take the prestigious spot, including Pepsi, but with no deal struck, production has started on plain Nike shirts, according to Sport's report.

Manel Arroyo, one of the club's vice presidents, told Catalunya Radio (h/t Sport):

Everything has been spoken about with Nike and they understand the situation. Barca sell the shirts, not any brands, so we’re aware what we’re working on and the situation we have on our hands. The decision is taken.

When the current shirts are all out of stock, the new shirts will appear in the shops, without a sponsor, for now.

There will be a sponsor. We are working on it, me and the commercial team. Everything is following the path it should. The only thing I can say is that to do our job well, we have to be discrete and silent regarding the negotiations.

Barca did not have a main sponsor on their famous striped shirts until 2006, when the club signed a five-year deal with Unicef. They were replaced by the Qatar Foundation and then current sponsor Qatar Airways in 2013/14.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 12:  The Barcelona captain Carles Puyol in the team line up before the game with their new 'UNICEF' shirt during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Barcelona and Levski Sofia at The Nou Camp Stadium on September 1
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A mannequin displays Barcelona's new football team jersey featuring the name of the club's new sponsor the Qatar Foundation in Barcelona on May 17, 2011. The Qatar Foundation signed a record shirt sponsorship deal with Barcelona last December for 30 milli
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home kit shirt FC Barcelona Qatar Airways during the Primera Division match between FC Barcelona and Las Palmas on September 26, 2015 at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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[h/t Sport]


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