Date: 9th August 2018 at 2:30pm
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Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie is reporting that our move for Barcelona defender Marlon Santos is off due to work permit issues.

A deal to sign the centre-back on loan was believed to be in place, with a fee having been agreed, but with transfer deadline closing in, we have run out of time to complete the deal.

Fans on Twitter were unsurprised by the news:

Supporters believe the failure to sign Marlon is symptomatic of the club’s poor dealings in the transfer market:

It seems as though Federico Fernandez will be signed instead of the Brazilian. The Sun report that we have agreed a £6m fee for the 29-year-old with the centre-back being signed as cover for Florian Lejeune.

Let’s hope he proves to be a good addition. He’s unlikely to have been Rafa’s first choice but the manager is a fan of the player after having previously worked with the Argentine at Napoli.


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