Barcelona already exchanging documents with Fluminense to buy Marlon
Barcelona had until the middle of next year to decide whether to exercise the right of purchase provided in the loan contract of Brazilian defender Marlon.
But the Catalan club decided to act quickly, and according to Globo Esporte, they’ve already started the process of exchanging documentation with Fluminense to keep the player. The Catalan team had already signaled that they wanted to buy Marlon permanently, and the purchase would be mandatory if he played at least 45 minutes of five matches with the professional team this season. To exercise the clause, Barcelona would have to pay €6 million, but the amount should decrease due to the Brazilian club’s debt with Barça. Marlon played six games for Barcelona B, was called up by coach Luis Enrique a few times to the senior team and made his debut in a 2-0 win against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League group stages. As a precaution with matters related to his registration, the defender was out of a King’s Cup game in November. 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.
It was stipulated in the agreement that, 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.