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Barcelona to exercise clause to sign Fluminense defender Marlon Santos

The 21-year old defender is touted as a bright prospect

Marlon Santos
The youngster has made a name for himself with Barca B

Barcelona might be ready to push for the transfer of Marlon Santos who is has a clause in his contract giving Barcelona first option to sign him. The Catalans have a condition in the contract which will enable them to save money on his transfer as well.

According to an exclusive on Sport, if the player has not yet made 5 first team appearances for Barcelona then they can exercise their right to buy him for 6 million Euros which is the price tag fixed according to his clause.

The Catalans will end up saving upto 2 million Euros on the player as a result. Marlon is currently on loan at Barcelona B and that loan will be extended to 2017 according to the media because of the backing of the Luis Enrique and Gerard Lopez

If Barca exercise their right, the 21-year-old will only cost the club 2 million as Fluminense have not yet paid an amount of 4 million which they owe the Catalans. Santos might also have the chance to play for the first team very soon if the transfer is complete.

The club are currently facing an injury crisis in defense with both Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu currently out injured. Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano are likely to start as the central pairing for this weekend’s clash against Granada.

The club were recently criticized by the La Liga chief Javier Tebas for the way they celebrated their third goal against Valencia last weekend. The club are upset with his comments and the club president have spoken out about the issue

“The declarations made by Tebas are irresponsible and unbecoming of a sports executive, And the [RFEF's] competition committee is not there to make assessments but rather to take disciplinary action -- or not -- in order to make an example of incidents that occur on the field of play, and making statements regarding the actions of the players adds even more tension to a situation that must be de-escalated.”

"[Barca] will bring these declarations before the TAS because we want it to see to it that if they produce violence they are punished accordingly.”

Lionel Messi reacted to a bottle being thrown on Neymar from one of the fans in the Valencia crowd and other player followed suit by celebrating the goal in front of those fans.This enraged the fans even more but the club and the fans have since been charged for their conduct in the stadium.

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