Malcom passes Barcelona medical for £36.5m move from Bordeaux

Malcom passes Barcelona medical for £36.5m move from Bordeaux

Barcelona have announced the €41million signing of Bordeaux winger Malcom, who had appeared set to join Serie A side Roma.

Bordeaux announced on Monday that a €40m deal had been agreed with Roma, but Malcom reportedly rejected the switch in favour of a move to Camp Nou.

However, the Catalan giants have now swooped in and signed the Brazilian starlet for a fee in the region on £40m.

The 21-year-old Brazilian has agreed a five-year contract with Barca.

"The job of a sporting director is not just to make signings but also to understand what's best for the club at any given time", said Monchi as he reflected on Alisson's transfer.

Someone who has become a respected in the footballing world as Monchi, for procuring and nurturing bargain key talent first at Sevilla and now at Roma, deserves utmost sympathy for the predicament both Barcelona and especially Bordeaux put the Giallorossi in; the club, the hierarchy, and particularly the fans, who had been shown waiting at Ciampino Airport where Malcom was supposed to fly in for his medical.

Monchi does not seem a happy man and given the fact that he mentioned the messages he received from Malcom's agent and Bordeaux's president, it seems like he is willing to take legal recourse.

"I told him that we had an agreement, we had made the deal, but he said that nothing had been signed and that, despite having sent some documents to be signed, nothing could be done".

"We could not continue like that, and yesterday we had only raised our offer because of the willingness and desire of our president".

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"I informed [Martin] and [Malcom's] agents that Roma were ready to beat Barcelona's offer".

"Therefore, I said "that's it" because I didn't want to go into an auction".

# Bordeaux and Roma confirmed an agreement has been reached to sign Malcom.

"If someone wants to come to Roma that is great, but ultimately if they do not want to come to Rome then we do not want them", the official concluded.

"Early [Tuesday] 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".

"President [James] Pallotta made the decision to make the best offer possible, but when the negotiation became an auction we chose to withdraw from it".

He arrived in Barcelona on Tuesday and will undergo a medical on Wednesday before joining his new teammates in the United States.

Malcom scored 23 goals and contributed 16 assists in 96 games for Bordeaux in his two-and-a-half seasons at the club.

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