Friday Kickoff: Neymar deal, Marcelo injury and more

Friday Kickoff: Neymar deal, Marcelo injury and more

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Friday Kickoff: Neymar deal, Marcelo injury and more

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Most of the coverage this Friday morning has revolved around FIFA’s Extraordinary Congress, but a star of the game is also generating some buzz after a new reported deal with Barcelona surfaced.

Brazilian star Neymar has reportedly signed a new five-year deal, which will make him the second-highest-paid player, with Barcelona. (REPORT)

Real Madrid defender Marcelo has suffered a tear to his calf muscle and is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks. (REPORT)

FIFA also passed a package of reforms, including the replacement of FIFA’s Executive Committee by a FIFA Council. (REPORT)

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger announced midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be sidelined “for a few weeks.” (REPORT)

Chelsea head coach Guus Hiddink said defender John Terry is still not fully fit to compete this weekend. (REPORT)

Alan Pardew has confirmed he has verbally agreed to a new contract as head coach of Crystal Palace. (REPORT)

THURSDAY REWIND

After experiencing a “life-changing” trial with English Championship club Reading FC, Dillon Powers is eager to become an MLS Best XI with the Colorado Rapids in 2016. (REPORT)

The Philadelphia Union are likely to use 31-year-old Swiss international Tranquillo Barnetta in the middle as a replacement for the hole left by Cristian Maidana. (REPORT)

Although he may not start on opening day, Chris Wingert believes returning to Real Salt Lake was the perfect choice. (REPORT)

Montreal Impact head coach Mauro Biello said he will manage 38-year-old striker Didier Drogba’s minutes ahead of the MLS season. (REPORT)

Jerome Kiesewetter, 23, is reportedly likely to leave German Bundesliga club Stuttgart in the summer. (REPORT)

The U.S. Men’s National Team’s new away jersey has allegedly been leaked. (REPORT)

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