FC Barcelona has announced star forward Neymar will be sidelined for two weeks due to mumps.
Neymar will be sidelined for two weeks due to mumps.
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FC Barcelona issued a press release on its star forward's illness on Aug. 9. According to the team, Neymar has parotitis:
"The first team medical staff at FC Barcelona has announced on Sunday that Neymar will be out for two weeks after being diagnosed with parotitis (mumps), despite the fact that he had previously been vaccinated against the disease.
"Therefore, the Brazilian striker will miss the European Super Cup final on Tuesday in Tbilisi, Georgia against Sevilla and also the Spanish Super Cup final which sees Luis Enrique's team take on Athletic Club over two legs on 14 and 17 August."
Pedro will most likely replace Neymar, per ESPN FC.
FC Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez has admitted Pedro could leave the team. This would only be possible if he consents to his release clause worth €30 million. This is equal to roughly £21 million, per ESPN FC.
Pedro's release clause used to be €150 million. Its value plummeted because he saw limited action for FC Barcelona last season. ESPN FC confirmed the information.
Fernandez discussed Pedro's precarious situation without naming a specific suitor, per ESPN FC:
"You know the situation. (Pedro) has a release clause of €30 million, and we are waiting for someone to make the offer. His performance level is fantastic and the coach and we like him.
"We do not want him to go, but we know this is a risky situation, and we have to wait.
"We will remain firm on the clause, but I say again that I have my doubts that this will happen. In fact at the moment we are not thinking about the possibility of Pedro leaving."
FC Barcelona full-back Adrian Correia could also leave. There has been speculation he will join AS Roma. His release clause has an estimated value of €90 million, per ESPN FC.
Fernandez confirmed he spoke with both players during in the United States last month, per ESPN FC:
"I spoke with them in San Francisco and the feeling I have is that they are going to stay, although their situations are not comparable. In the end, they will decide.
"If Pedro and Adriano stay, it is closed. If not, we are open to any possibility knowing the situation we find ourselves in. We will have a lot of time to think about this possibility, ahead of January, and we would think about other options, not one particular profile of player."
ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney reported on Pedro's situation last month.
Delaney said Manchester United met with Pedro and FC Barcelona in the United States. Pedro could replace Angel Di Maria of Manchester United. Paris Saint-Germain has reportedly been eyeing Di Maria.
FC Barcelona trained for the last time on Sunday before departing for Georgia. Almost the entire 25-man roster made the trip. Neymar was the only one who couldn't make it, per ESPN FC.
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