27th July, 2018
F.C. Barcelona has been seriously criticized for the “immoral and unethical” manner in which they signed Malcolm from Bordeaux at a stage when the player was already almost a Roma player based on agreements with his former club, Bordeaux.
This criticism is coming from no other person than the AS Roma president James Pallotta. and you know what? He can only forgive Barca if, wait for it, “Barcelona F.C. sends Lionel Messi to Roma as a ‘Peace Offering’. ”
Oh Dear! F.C. Barcelona may just have made themselves one serious enemy that cannot be appeased. Sending Messi to AS Roma? Of course, that is out of the question.
Such an act alone can surely provoke a Tsunami that will reach from Spain to Argentina!
It will be recalled that the Serie A side were almost completing the signing of the highly rated winger when Barca overtook them with a last-minute bid of €41million to pry the player from under their very nose. Bordeaux naturally accepted the “improved new offer” and put Malcom on a plane to Spain instead of Italy for his medical.
As far as Pallotta is concerned, his club already had a deal in place and Malcom was eager to join, only to turn his back on the transfer within a matter of hours because of the “Barca intervention”.
The AS Roma president is not just angry with the situation, but planning to take legal action. According to him:
“In terms of Barcelona, it looks like a pattern for them over the last few years of doing things that just should not be done at a club with the reputation that Barcelona intends to have,” Pallotta said, as quoted by his club’s website.
“In fact, they apologised for their actions and how they went about things. I don’t accept the apology.
“The only way I’ll accept it is on either one of two conditions: one, they give the player to us. That’s obviously not going to happen.
“Two, maybe as a goodwill gesture at the very least they could send us Messi!
“I think in this case the player wanted to come to us. I think a lot of clubs were interested in him but did not want to bother him because maybe they did not think they had a shot at him in terms of the timing.
“We had a guy over there talking with the player in person. The deal was done.
“I have zero problem battling it out for a player with another big club, if we are all going through the same process trying to get him. That’s the way it works.
“But, at the end of the day, when the deal is done and completely agreed… we all know how it works, the kid comes in for a medical and then it is signed.
“Other teams know not to come in and do what Barcelona did. Bordeaux should never have done what they did – the legal side will come later, but it is immoral and unethical too.”
Could this be as some analysts are putting it, a way of F.C. Barcelona getting back at AS Roma for committing the “heinous crime” of dumping the LaLiga giants out of last season’s Champions League quarter-finals? You never can rule out that possibility, can you?