Barcelona defender Marlon set to join Nice

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The centre-back made three senior appearances at the club last season but they have given him permission to discuss a move to the Ligue 1 side

Barcelona defender Marlon is poised to join Ligue 1 club Nice.

The 21-year-old Brazilian centre-back made his first-team breakthrough under Luis Enrique last season with a pair of La Liga starts and a substitute appearance in the Champions League.

Barcelona 13/2 to win CL

Barca tweeted on Tuesday to confirm Marlon had been excused from training with Ernesto Valverde's squad in order to complete a transfer to Nice.

Lucien Favre's side secured a third-place finish in Ligue 1 last season but they have started the current campaign poorly.

Napoli beat them 4-0 on aggregate in the Champions League play-off round, while they have lost three from four in France's top flight.

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