Barcelona to activate the option to sign Brazilian defender Marlon on a permanent basis
Brazilian defender Marlon, who's currently on loan from Fluminense, can make his official debut for Barcelona on Saturday.
The defender on loan from Fluminense has participated in three friendlies since arriving, and the recent injuries to Gerard Piqué and Jérémy Mathieu may have earned the 20-year-old a place, at least on the bench. As the game is against bottom-side Granada, who have the worst defence and without a win in the competition, Luis Enrique can give some minutes to Marlon, also to take away the pressure of debuting in a more important match.
If Marlon makes five official appearances for the senior team of Barcelona before the end of the loan period, the purchase will be performed automatically, for €2 million. The player has his rights valued at €6 million, but Fluminense received €4 million from the Catalans for a first-option on Gérson and Kenedy, who have moved to other teams and the amount was not returned. According to the information from SPORT, Barcelona will not wait five games and will activate the option to buy Marlon at the end of the year. The defender has played for Barça B in the Spanish third division and is currently the fifth choice for the defense, behind Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano and Samuel Umtiti and Jérémy Mathieu.