Manchester United are still hoping to unveil Pedro on Wednesday - having reportedly agreed a fee and personal terms with the player - but Barcelona could force the Red Devils to wait a little longer after Neymar contracted mumps.
Neymar has subsequently been ruled out for at least two weeks, meaning he will miss Tuesday night’s UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla, as well as both legs of the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao, according to the Mirror.
Manchester United want Pedro signed in time for the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie against Club Brugge on August 18, but there’s a chance Barcelona will not allow the Spain international to complete his move to Old Trafford until that exact date.
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Barcelona play the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on August 17 and, in order to give his side the best possible chance of winning the first trophy of the season, Luis Enrique may opt to keep Pedro for three more matches.
This would anger Manchester United, who want Pedro signed as soon as possible to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League group stages.
Neymar is one of the reasons Pedro is leaving
Although United have been handed a favourable draw, Louis van Gaal wants Pedro to be part of his squad for both legs of the play-off tie.
The magnificent form of Neymar, who scored an incredible 39 goals last season, is one of the reasons Pedro has decided to leave Barcelona after 11 years at the Camp Nou.
The 28-year-old is acutely aware that he is behind Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the pecking order and has decided it’s time for a fresh challenge in England.
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