Barcelona land Malcom from Bordeaux after outbidding Roma at 11th hour

Jo Caldwell
July 24, 2018

Barcelona have completed the €41 million (£36.5m/$48m) signing of Malcom from Bordeaux, with the Liga giants having hijacked a proposed switch to Roma for the Brazilian forward.

After heavy links to Arsenal and Tottenham in January, the 21-year-old Brazilian had also drawn reported interest from Inter Milan, Everton, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

He is, however, set to continue his development in Catalunya as he prepares to enter into a five-year deal.

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"Bordeaux announce they have reached an agreement with Roma for the transfer of Malcom, subject to the signing of administrative documents", the French club tweeted.

"The player will sign with the Club for the next five seasons, until the end of the 2022/23 season".

Barcelona made contact with Bordeaux following the failure to sign Brazil worldwide Willian from Chelsea and, according to Italian media reports, made a bid larger than the reported fee of 38 million euros ($44.4 million) struck with Roma.

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Fernando Garcia, Malcom's agent, met with the Catalan club to thrash out the final details as the contracts were quickly drawn up ahead of Tuesday's announcement.

He can play through the middle but is primarily a winger and he scored 12 goals last season to help Bordeaux to a sixth-placed finish, drawing attention from a number of European sides.

Already this month they signed Clement Lenglet for €35 million and Arthur for €40 million.

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