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Report: West Ham lodge £17m bid for Barcelona defender

Nice President Jean-Pierre Rivère announced that Barcelona have received a €20m (£17.4m) bid for Brazilian central defender Marlon, who is currently in the middle of a 2-year loan spell with Nice and the player has now returned to his parent club as part of the terms of the loan agreement.

“Barcelona have received a €20m offer for Marlon. He is therefore set to leave OGC Nice.” Rivère told a French radio station. 

The 22-year-old has interest from several English clubs with French reports this morning suggesting his mystery destination is likely to be West Ham.

Marlon, who moved to the Camp Nou from Fluminense in 2016 has made just two La Liga appearances since, faces an uncertain future at Barca. While on loan to Nice he started 22 Ligue 1 games last season as Nice finished eighth under the new Dortmund boss Lucian Favre. He is described as excellent passer of the ball who boasts impressive athleticism and speed across the ground.

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2 comments on “Report: West Ham lodge £17m bid for Barcelona defender

  1. Hope this is true, certainly looks very assured on the ball and with good pace.

  2. Is the ‘poor aerial presence’ a concern for a 22 year old? With Rice,I assume, playing a key role next season do we not need a couple of finished articles in central defence? Not another Fonte agreed,but something between the two in age terms. Maybe I have just become paranoid about our defence,but it will take some putting right. I think we need a really solid experienced player there to finish of Rice’s education.

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