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 By Chris Wright

Barcelona's Lionel Messi goes platinum blond for new season

With a fresh new season set to begin imminently, Lionel Messi has adopted a fresh new look to go with it.

Indeed, as debuted on Instagram by his long-term partner Antonella Roccuzzo, Messi has taken the plunge and opted to join the growing legion of footballers who are favouring a return to the metallic peroxide look.

cambio d look�� #blondeboy

A photo posted by AntoRoccuzzo88 (@antoroccuzzo88) on

Like a bearded Annie Lennox. Nice.

Editor of Who Ate All The Pies (@waatpies), Chris has worked for Shortlist, Metro and a smattering of other football blogs.

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Manchester City chase Gabriel Jesus, Ivan Rakitic to quit Barcelona?

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner discusses the latest transfer rumour revolving around Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic.

With the summer transfer window upon us, rumours are picking up steam. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here.

Top story: Man City chase Gabriel Jesus, Rakitic to quit Barca?

Manchester City are in talks to sign Brazilian sensation Gabriel Jesus, a source in South America has told ESPN FC's Peter O'Rourke. City are hoping to beat a host of top clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona...

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What's trending: England hire Sam Allardyce, Man Utd lose to Dortmund

Alison Bender looks at the stats of new England boss, Sam Allardyce, and examines what he can bring to the squad.
The ESPN FC crew react to the hiring of Sam Allardyce as the new England manager.

Here are the latest stories for Friday.

ENGLAND: Sam Allardyce has left Sunderland to become the new England manager, the Football Association (FA) has announced. He will take charge for England's 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which begin with a trip to Slovakia on Sept. 4.

- Meanwhile, the Young Lions' run at the Under-19 European Championship came to an end following a 2-1 semifinal defeat to Italy.

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP: The ICC kicked off on Friday, with Borussia Dortmund handing Manchester...

Andre Gomes at Barca leads to doubts over Ivan Rakitic and Arda Turan

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Raf Honigstein discuss Andre Gomes' surprise move to Barcelona.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Raf Honigstein discuss Andre Gomes' surprise move to Barcelona.

There can be no doubt that Barcelona are building a squad with half an eye towards the future, but what will the consequences be on the present?

Late on Thursday, after former Diario SPORT editor Joan Vehils had tweeted that the club had signed Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, a press release was hastily put together confirming that the Portugal international would be the fourth man to walk through the Camp Nou door this summer.

 By Chris Wright

Barcelona's Neymar shows off Brazilian flair in making an omelette

Of course, with Neymar being Neymar, even the most straightforward of chores and/or domestic tasks are done with an exuberant Brazilian flourish.

With that in mind, here's the Barcelona striker preparing himself a simple omelette in the only way he knows how.

The big show-off.

Editor of Who Ate All The Pies (@waatpies), Chris has worked for Shortlist, Metro and a smattering of other football blogs.

Sergi Samper a boost to struggling La Masia academy at Barcelona

La Liga champions Barcelona are back in preseason training.

Six players have put pen to paper with Barcelona this summer, from Neymar signing a new deal to Denis Suarez rejoining the club and Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne joining up.

The most important signings for Barcelona's identity, however, happened on Tuesday, when academy graduates Sergi Samper and Munir El Haddadi sealed new contracts. Munir has been well-known inside and outside Barcelona ever since scoring from the halfway line in the 2014 UEFA Youth League final against Benfica and consolidating...