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Images of Barcelona's home kit for the 2019/20 season have been 'leaked'

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It's approaching that time of year when next season's football kits are gradually announced.

Gone are the days when clubs would maintain the same jersey for two or three season and in are the times where at least three new designs are unveiled every year.

It's a massive source of profit for football clubs and merchandise can often creep towards three-figures sums of money when star players are printed on the back.

Another trend in the world of football shirts is the decision to release the new designs earlier and earlier, with clubs like Liverpool often playing their final home game in next season's strip.

However, even before the early announcements from clubs, you can bet that the design will be leaked in advance.

Barcelona's next kit?

It doesn't seem to matter whether Adidas, Nike or Puma were behind the final product, but they seem to be picked up by supporters ahead of time.

And that appears to be the case with Barcelona this season, who have been long anticipated to adopt a chequered design reminiscent of the Croatia home jersey.

That was reported by Catalan publication Sport as early as September and it now seems as though fans have been given their closest glimpse yet.

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2019-20 home kit 'leak'

Website Footyheadlines.com - who correctly predicted Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United kits last season - have released a number of images showing the 'leak.'

If the photographs are to be believed, Barcelona are staying true to the chequered design and will maintain a collar that features the colours of the Catalonia flag.

Such a radical change in the template of the home jersey is bound to cause controversy, but these latest images look far cleaner than other provisional designs.

Check out the full design down below:

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Croatia-like design

If the track record of Footyheadlines.com is anything to go by, it's highly likely that this is the final design.

It wouldn't be the first time that Barcelona have taken a new twist on their classic red and blue outline, controversially opting for horizontal stripes during the 2015-16 campaign.

However, it seems that Nike have selected a design more radical than ever and it could be accompanied by three (yes, three) more jerseys for the 2019-20 season.

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Sport have claimed that Barcelona will release a special fourth kit - based on the design of the Catalan flag - to be worn especially during their most high-profile home matches.

If the reported chequered home kit continues to receive criticism, then Barcelona fans might be thankful for a change in the Camp Nou attire.

But with everything pointing towards a Croatia-like jersey, supporters should probably get used to it.

Are you a fan of Barcelona's reported home kit for next season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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