Barcelona intends to purchase Brazilian defender Marlon, but are not in a hurry
Loaned out by Fluminense, Brazilian defender Marlon is approved and gradually gains space in the professional team of Barcelona, who have until the end of the season to exercise their option to purchase him.
Marlon was on the Barcelona bench for his team's last three matches, against Granada, Manchester City and Sevilla. Barça B's defender was immediately called up as a back up for Javier Mascherano and Samuel Umtiti. The 21-year-old didn't get on the field, but the fact of having been called up amid the injuries of Gerard Piqué and Jérémy Mathieu shows that he gained the confidence of Luis Enrique. Not only the coach, but also the club. Marlon is loaned out by Fluminense until June 30, 2017, which is also the deadline for Barcelona to exercise the player's €6 million purchase right. If he's to play at least 45 minutes of five matches with the professional team this season, the purchase becomes mandatory.
Globo Esporte learned from sources linked to the situation that Barcelona have already signaled that they intends to buy Marlon, but are not in a hurry. So the expectation for this to be done is more towards the end of the season. If Barça buy the Brazilian, they may still have to pay Fluminense a further €2 million in the next two years, if the player fulfills some goals. If Barcelona make the purchase before the end of the management of current Fluminense president Peter Siemsem - that is, within the end of this year - this clause will be eliminated, and Barça do not have to pay the €2 million. Even so, the board is not in a hurry.
Marlon participated in two friendlies of Barcelona in the pre-season, against Celtic and Leicester City. The defender also impressed the Catalan press, which filled him with praise. Then he was out for a few weeks due to delays in registering his documentation. When Marlon returned, he participated in some matches of Barça B in the third-division of Spain, and stood out. And before being listed for the last three games of the professional side, he still started alongside Jérémy Mathieu in a friendly with Espanyol.