Barcelona/Mediapro soccer rights deal.

European soccer champion Barcelona is negotiating a deal awarding TV rights for its matches to Mediapro, one of the owners of the La Sexta channel, a source familiar with the matter told on Friday.

"The contract would come into effect in 2008 but they're looking at the possibility of bringing it forward to next season and paying compensation to the current rights holder," the source said.

The deal would allow Mediapro to show the matches on La Sexta, its new free-to-air channel.

Another source told that the club and Mediapro would likely present their agreement early next week.

Pay-TV company Sogecable, through its unit Audiovisual Sport, has exclusive rights to matches played by the majority of Spanish La Liga and second division teams including Barcelona and Real Madrid until the end of the 2008/2009 season.

Spanish media reports last month that Mediapro had made offers to both clubs for the rights caused a fall in Sogecable shares and those of its biggest shareholder, media group Prisa.