Barcelona have exercised an option to secure Brazilian central defender Marlon on a permanent deal, the Spanish club said on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old, who joined Barcelona on loan from Fluminense last July, will be tied to the Blaugrana for the next three seasons, according to a statement on the Catalan club’s website.
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Marlon made 24 appearances for the Barcelona B team last season and was called up by first-team manager Luis Enrique for the Champions League clash with Celtic in November.
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He also featured in the last two La Liga matches of the season, filling in for Gerard Pique and playing the full 90 minutes against Las Palmas and Eibar.