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Barcelona agree deal with Bordeaux for Malcom
- Updated: July 24, 2018
Barcelona have snatched Malcom from under AS Roma’s nose to complete a sensational hijack. The winger was supposed to fly to Rome on Tuesday to complete the rest of the formalities after the two clubs had reached an agreement, but a late, late bid of £36.5m from the La Liga champions saw him change directions.
Earlier on Monday, Roma had confirmed that both clubs agreed on a £34m deal to bring the 21-year-old to the Italian capital. According to sources from Goal, he will sign a five-year contract with Ernesto Valverde’s team. He will complete his medical on 25th July before travelling to the US to join the rest of the squad.
Malcom scored 12 goals and laboured 8 assists in the recently concluded campaign for the Ligue 1 outfit. At such a young age, he already has 169 senior club appearances, having played for Corinthians before switching to Bordeaux.
On the back of fruitful and convincing performances for Les Girondins, he was sure to attract interest from European clubs. His pace, range of passing, age and flamboyance captivated Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Everton and Paris Saint-Germain this summer. However, Arsenal and Tottenham showed interest since January itself.
Ultimately, it was Eusebio Di Francesco’s side that won the race and came out on top, only to be obstructed by Barcelona.
The Blaugrana have already seen a couple of bids rejected for their top target Willian. It is understood that this shock transfer was executed due to the reluctance expressed by Chelsea, who are desperate to hold on to their star players.
He will now follow Clement Lenglet to become Barcelona’s second major signing of this ever-buzzing transfer window.
Lionel Messi and co. begin their title defence against Alaves on the 19th of August.
Malcom seems to be a cheaper and better option than Willian, who is 29 years of age and will only get older. Also, the starlet is expected to significantly develop at Camp Nou, having already shown maturity and an burgeoning appetite to do well.