Sassuolo has signed Brazilian defender Marlon from Barcelona for a fee potentially rising to €12million. The 22-year-old found opportunities limited at Camp Nou and was recalled halfway through a two-season loan spell with Nice in order to be moved on.

Though he made just two LaLiga appearances, Barca has included a buy-back option in the deal for the former Fluminense man.

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Sassuolo has paid an initial €6million with the amount to be doubled if Marlon, who reportedly attracted interest from West Ham, earlier, in pre-season, plays 50 games for his new club.

The Blaugrana will receive 50 per cent of any future fee if he does not reach that mark. The versatile ex-Brazil Under-20 international could make his Serie A debut at home to Inter this Sunday.