The Brazilian’s contraction of the mumps has led to Barcelona asking the 28-year-old to delay his £22.3 million exit to cover the Supercopa de Espana

Pedro’s move from Barcelona to Manchester United looks set to be hit by a further delay after Neymar’s untimely contraction of the mumps.

The Champions League winners had already put a temporary block on the forward’s move until after Tuesday’s Uefa Super Cup clash with Sevilla in Tbilisi in a bid to ease Lionel Messi and Neymar into the action after their delayed summer holidays.

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However, the Brazilian’s bout of illness will keep him out for the next two weeks, prompting Barca to call for a further one-week hiatus before returning to the bargaining table.

But United, who have agreed to pay a fee rising to £22.3 million (€32m) for Pedro, are eager for the player to arrive sooner rather than later given that their Premier League campaign has already begun and they face a two-legged Champions League play-off with Club Brugge on August 18 and 26.

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Pedro had shown an inclination to work at Barcelona’s pace after the club asked for the initial delay but an additional one-week block would rule him out of a further two United games, including the home leg of the Brugge tie.

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Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao on August 14 and 17 in the two-legged Supercopa de Espana, and Pedro would again be a likely starter in Neymar’s absence should the 28-year-old agree to delay his exit again.

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