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Marlon Santos signs three-year Barcelona deal

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The 21-year-old has made his move permanent

International Champions Cup 2016 - Celtic v Barcelona Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Barcelona have confirmed they have exercised their option to sign Marlon Santos and the defender has penned a three-year deal at Camp Nou.

The Brazilian joined Barcelona B from Fluminense last summer and went on to make 24 appearances as well as being called up to the first-team by Luis Enrique.

Marlon made his debut against Celtic in the Champions League and ended up playing the final two Liga games of the season against Las Palmas and Eibar.

The Brazilian could now join the first-team for pre-season next month although should Barcelona B gain promotion it may be the case that he stays with them, initially at least.

Although Marlon has signed on, Barcelona could still sign a central defender this summer and have been linked with a move for Ajax’s Davinson Sanchez.

With Jeremy Mathieu set to leave and Javier Mascherano’s future uncertain, there may well be room in the squad for another defender.

Marlon looked quite at home in the first team last season, though, and it would be great to see him handed a chance in the squad behind Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.