Blow for Barcelona as new signing tests postive for coronavirus

Barcelona’s new signing Miralem Pjanic will miss the start of pre-season after the midfielder tested positive for coronavirus.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder’s move to the Nou Camp from Juventus – in a deal worth €65million (£59.39million) – was announced at the end of June.

The 30-year-old’s arrival has been delayed, however, with the positive coronavirus test meaning he must quarantine at home for the next fortnight.

Miralem Pjanic has tested positive in a PCR taken on Saturday 22 August after feeling a little unwell,” a Barcelona statement read. “The player is in good health and is self-isolating at home.

“The player will therefore not be travelling to Barcelona for 15 days. Then he will be expected to report for duty with the FC Barcelona team.”

Pjanic, who signed for Barca on a four-year contract, later took to social media to reassure fans he was feeling fine.

Writing in Spanish and Italian, he said: “I want to reassure everyone who cares about me, I’m fine and luckily I’m asymptomatic. What we’re taught these days is that we can’t take anything for granted. We are calm and respect the rules. See you soon.”

His new club retweeted the post, adding: “Get well soon! We’re waiting for you.”

Pjanic began his career at French club Metz and, after a spell at Lyon moved on to Roma. He made 200 appearances in five seasons before signing for Juventus in 2016. He won four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia crowns and one Italian Super Cup with Juve.

The 2020/21 LaLiga season is set to get under way on September 12.

His buy-out clause at the Nou Camp is set at €400million (£360.4million)


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