Barca Snatch $48m Brazilian Malcolm from Under Roma’s Nose

Barcelona have pulled a fast one in the transfer market by signing Brazilian forward Malcom on a five-year deal from Girondins Bordeaux for an initial $47.89 million after AS Roma had struck a deal with the French club.

Malcolm, 21, was set to join the Italians this week but media reports in Spain and Italy said Spanish champions Barca’s 11th hour offer had changed Malcom’s mind and he has become their third signing of the transfer window.

“This is a unique feeling, a unique feeling,” he said at Barca’s Nou Camp offices on Tuesday. “I’m delighted. It’s a dream I’ve had since childhood. I’m part of the best club in the world and I hope to give the fans a lot of joy.”

In an interview on Roma’s website, Sporting Director Monchi explained that after the Serie A club had reached an initial agreement with Bordeaux on Monday Barcelona entered the bidding, leading Roma to submit an improved offer for the player.

“After that meeting, I was surprised to be told that the agents and Bordeaux wanted another improved offer, as Barcelona were still pushing for a deal,” said Monchi, who added that they’re looking at a legal case.

Spanish media claim Malcom’s change of destination came after Barca’s move for fellow Brazilian forward Willian broke down when they were unable to agree a transfer fee with Chelsea, leading them to turn to Bordeaux’s fleet-footed wide forward.

“The Brazilian will undergo a medial on Wednesday morning and then directly join the FC Barcelona US Tour,” read a statement from the Spanish champions, whose deal for the player includes an extra one million euros in variables.

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