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Neymar's omission a blessing in disguise for Pedro Rodriguez?

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On the eve of this 2015/16 season, Neymar's omission from the Barcelona starting line up is a headache that Luis Enrique can surely do without.

That said, it does give one player the opportunity to shine.

Pedro Rodriguez seems very definitely in the shop window with the Daily Star even suggesting that a move to Manchester United could be completed by Wednesday.

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Such rumours could prove to be premature with the Brazilian out of action for at least two weeks.

It also affords the player the chance to see how well thought of he still is at Barcelona.

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The club have been steadfast in their stance that they don't want the Canary Islander to leave but are not able to offer him, at this juncture, the playing time he desires. And arguably deserves.

Short-sighted Barca

Whilst there is little doubt that once fit the Brazilian will be installed straight back into the starting XI, a decent showing from Pedro in both Super Cup finals will give the manager some food for thought.

With only Munir El-Haddadi as further back-up if needed, the Catalans are hardly likely to countenance Pedro's sale until nearer the end of the window now.

That two-week period could change everything for the player, who has previously expressed his desire to see out his career in Catalonia, albeit he wishes to do so whilst a regular playing member of the squad.

The decision to lower Pedro's buyout clause from €150million to just €30m will invite bids for a player who has won it all at domestic and international level and considering he is still just 27 years of age, is an extremely short-sighted move by the club.

It's also at odds by that oft-stated desire of not wanting the player to leave.

Seduced

There has been no unequivocal "not for sale" sign that has gone up and a view from the manager that it's "the player's decision" doesn't speak of a club that is doing everything it can to keep a player who still has much to offer.

Manchester United are not silly and despite a huge outlay in transfer terms this summer, money has not and will not be wasted. All have been studious buys from Ed Woodward and Louis van Gaal, with a view to fitting into a certain template.

Pedro would slot seamlessly into United's side and provide a cutting edge that appeared to be missing against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League opener. It's understandable why the player is seduced by playing for a club of equal standing as his current employers in terms of history etc.

History awaits

Barca could make history by becoming the first-team in the modern era to retain the Champions League trophy but in so-doing, they will need all of their best exponents at their disposal.

Although Enrique was castigated during the first half of last season for his preference to rotate, he was ultimately proved right with every Barca player as fresh as they've ever been at the business end of a campaign.

Their fitness was certainly in marked contrast to the year spent under Tata Martino when the team looked lethargic and disinterested. There is a role for Pedro, and if he genuinely wishes to see out his time in Blaugrana, now is the chance for him to take centre-stage.

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