Barcelona have made their first signing of the summer with the confirmation that they will execute their option to make Fluminense defender Marlon Santos’s loan deal permanent.
Marlon, 21, signed a three-year deal with the Catalan club and will form part of the first team’s preseason tour of the United States under new coach Ernesto Valverde.
No fee has been revealed by either club, but as ESPN FC reported earlier in the season it’s estimated to be somewhere in the region of €6 million.
However, Barca will only have to pay €2m due to the fact they paid Flu €4m to have the first option on Gerson (€3.2m), Kenedy (€400,000) and Marlon (€400,000). Gerson and Kenedy have since gone on to sign for Roma and Chelsea respectively.
Marlon was a cornerstone of Barca B’s impressive season last campaign, with Gerard Lopez’s young side winning their league.
He had previously made his debut as a second-half substitute in the Champions League win over Celtic in Glasgow and Valverde will now use the summer to decide whether to keep him with the first team squad next season.