Barcelona Sign Malcom From Bordeaux After Roma Drama

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Bordeaux’s Brazilian forward Malcom controls the ball during a training session on January 11, 2018 at the Haillan training centre near Bordeaux, southwestern France. NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP
Bordeaux’s Brazilian forward Malcom controls the ball during a training session on January 11, 2018 at the Haillan training centre near Bordeaux, southwestern France. NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP

 

Spanish champions Barcelona announced on Tuesday they have signed Brazilian winger Malcom from French side Bordeaux on a five-year deal for 41 million euros ($48 million).

The signing comes after Bordeaux blocked the transfer of the 21-year-old to Italian giants Roma following a last-minute bid from the Catalan side on Monday.

“FC Barcelona and¬†Girondins de Bordeaux¬†have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira. The operation will cost 41 million euros and 1 million in variables,” Barcelona said in a statement.

“The player will sign with the club for the next five seasons, until the end of the 2022/23 season.”

Malcom had been expected to arrive in Rome on Monday night for a medical on Tuesday before joining his future teammates on their pre-season tour of the United States the following day, but had his flight cancelled by the Ligue 1 outfit at the last moment.

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

Malcom had been a reported target for several European clubs including Premier League sides Arsenal and Tottenham, but English clubs may have been put off from making a bid as he needed a UK work permit to play in the Premier League.

Malcom scored 12 goals in 35 league games for Bordeaux last season.

AFP