Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazilian winger Malcom from French club Girondins de Bordeaux for £36.5m.
The 21-year-old was said to have agreed Roma move with the Italian side had announced on Monday that they were on the verge of signing the winger after having reached a deal with Bordeaux.
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Primeiramente agradecer a Deus por mais uma conquista em minha vida , e a todos envolvidos , minha família , meus agentes & ao @fcbarcelona por acreditar no meu potencial … VISCA BARÇA 🔵🔴 “Não poderia deixar de agradecer ao @girondins por tudo que fez por mim … MERCI BORDEAUX “
The Brazilian, who has signed a five-year contract with Barcelona, was said to have agreed on personal terms with the Serie A outfit.
However, Roma sporting director Monchi admitted that nothing was signed but they are planning to have a legal case over the hijacked transfer.
“Early this morning I spoke with Malcom’s agent, Fernando Garcia, who had a meeting with Bordeaux planned at 12pm to confirm everything was in place for the player to travel to Rome in the evening,” Monchi told the Roma website.
“After that I was surprised to be told that the agents and Bordeaux wanted another improved offer, as Barcelona were still pushing for a deal. I told them enough, because we did not want to enter an auction.”
“It is true that nothing was signed, but there are many messages with the agents and their president that are at least worth being assessed.”
Meanwhile, Malcom becomes the Blaugrana’s second Brazilian summer signing, after midfielder Arthur, who signed from Gremio for £35.5m.
Malcom, who started his career at Corinthians, has scored 12 goals and 7 assists 36 appearances last season for the Girondins.