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Barcelona model new ‘Crystal Palace’ 2020-21 home kit as fans joke they’re preparing for life without Messi

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BARCELONA have confirmed their home kit for 2020/21 with fans joking that the new design borrows heavily from Crystal Palace.

The famous Blaugrana stripes of the Camp Nou club are back with golden trim that the Selhurst Park faithful might feel is a bit familiar.

Lionel Messi helped unveil the new Barcelona kit on Tuesday

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Lionel Messi helped unveil the new Barcelona kit on Tuesday
Some felt the new kit was more suited to South London than the Mediterranean coast

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Some felt the new kit was more suited to South London than the Mediterranean coastCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann modelled the kit from the Barcelona men’s team with Asisat Oshoala and Alexia Putellas donning it from the women’s side.

The Nike design is very similar to the kit leaked earlier in the month, with title sponsor Rakuten returning for the final season of their £51million-a-year deal with the club.

Fans reacting to the kit likened it to the Eagles’ efforts as well as the 2010/11 Barcelona shirt – perhaps as an attempt to keep Messi to the impeccable standards he has shown for the past decade.

Some detractors even remarked that the kit is a sign that the Catalans are preparing for life without their star forward.

One Twitter user joked: “Barcelona preparing for post-Messi period, looking like Spanish Crystal Palace.”

Chris pointed out: “Barcelona out here looking like Crystal Palace.”

And another fan tweeted: “When did Crystal Palace buy Barcelona?”

One unhappy Barcelona supporter wrote online: “This looks awful. Our performance & kits are declining year by year.”

The club will don it's classic blue-and-red striped shirt with blue shorts next season

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The club will don it’s classic blue-and-red striped shirt with blue shorts next season
Antoine Griezmann helped model the kit despite rumours he could leave in the summer

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Antoine Griezmann helped model the kit despite rumours he could leave in the summer
American manufacturer Nike are behind the design with Rakuten sponsoring for perhaps the last year

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American manufacturer Nike are behind the design with Rakuten sponsoring for perhaps the last year

A Messi fan account commented: “Hate it. Sack Nike. Dissolve that partnership.”

While another viewer stated: “Barcelona going back to their 2010/11 kit. Perhaps they hope that’ll make Messi 10 years younger.”

Quique Setien’s side are set to miss out on a third-straight LaLiga title with Real Madrid boasting a four-point lead with two games to go.

Financial issues from the coronavirus crisis and a mammoth wage bill could force a huge summer sale at the Camp Nou, with as many as nine first-teamers reportedly leaving.

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6pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Mendy medical CONFIRMED, Rice ‘must request switch’, Kante is ‘not holding midfielder’

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EDOUARD MENDY is undergoing a medical at Chelsea today ahead of his £22m move to Stamford Bridge, the club have confirmed.

And Frank Lampard is reportedly set to step up his pursuit of Declan Rice after concluding that N’Golo Kante is not a holding midfielder.

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Luton vs Man Utd: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Carabao Cup clash TONIGHT

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MANCHESTER UNITED are looking to bounce back from Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace as head to Luton in the Carabao Cup.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were rumbled by the Eagles at Old Trafford in their first game of the new season and will look to respond immediately.

Solskjaer will be looking for a response after a sluggish weekend showing

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Solskjaer will be looking for a response after a sluggish weekend showing

But their opponents are not the ideal customers with Nathan Jones’ side off to a flying start with four wins from four in all competitions.

What time does Luton vs Man Utd kick off?

  • Luton host Man United on Tuesday, September 22.
  • The match kicks off at 8.15pm.
  • It will be played at Kenilworth Road.

What TV channel is Luton vs Man Utd on and can I live stream it?

  • Luton vs Man Utd is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.
  • Coverage on both channels commences around 8pm, following the conclusion of Leyton Orient vs Tottenham.
  • To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
  • Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action with a Now TV Day Pass.

Team news

Luton still have a handful of players out through injury, including Dan Potts, Brendan Galloway and Eunan O’Kane but will be hopeful Tom Lockyer will return from cramp.

Look out too for Ryan Tunnicliffe making a start against his former side.

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As for Manchester United, we can expect changes and the possible returns from injury of Nemanja Matic and Sergio Romero.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka may be fit enough to start after spending Saturday on the bench and Donny van de Beek may get his first start.

Latest odds

Luton 10/1

Draw 17/4

Man United 2/7

*Latest odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Monday, September 21

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Newcastle and West Ham to battle it out for Daniele Rugani as they enter transfer race for Juventus’ ex-Arsenal target

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NEWCASTLE and West Ham are set to battle it out for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, according to reports.

The Italian 26-year-old has been told he is free to leave the Old Lady this summer following Andrea Pirlo’s appointment.

Daniele Rugani is wanted by both West Ham and Newcastle

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Daniele Rugani is wanted by both West Ham and NewcastleCredit: Getty – Contributor

Rugani made just ten league appearances last season and is deemed surplus to requirements ahead of the upcoming campaign.

He also moved to the Premier League last summer when Arsenal showed a genuine interest.

Mikel Arteta then quashed speculation he would go in for Rugani after landing both Gabriel and William Saliba.

That has paved way for the Prem duo to make their moves as they go in search to bolster their defences.

Newcastle’s frailties were exposed at the weekend when they crashed to a 3-0 home defeat to Brighton.

The Toon are looking into the possibility of a loan switch following the £20million summer arrival of Callum Wilson.

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Four Premier League teams crack the top ten highest wage bills in Europe

And West Ham boss David Moyes is in the market for a new centre-back having reportedly chased Burnley’s James Tarkowski all summer.

Watford veteran Craig Dawson is also an option but Moyes would prefer Rugani, according to the Daily Mail.

Rugani signed for Juventus from Empoli in 2013 and has made 101 appearances for the Turin side.

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