24th July, 2018
F.C. Barcelona have done it again. They not only dribble on the football pitch but also off it with ease. While everyone was concentrating on their supposed “failed bid” for Willian with Chelsea F.C., the “dribblers” were actually somewhere else “stealing” a player that was thought to be going elsewhere.
Bordeaux winger Malcom was virtually set to be announced as AS Roma’s new acquisition when the big blow for the Italian Club was announced – Barcelona have announced the €41million signing of Bordeaux winger Malcom!
Malcolm has already agreed a five-year contract and is scheduled to undergo his medical tests on Wednesday before joining Barca on the club’s pre-season tour. This deal includes a further €1m in add-ons on top of the intial €41m.
Malcom – who scored 12 goals in the French Ligue 1 last season for Bordeaux – has developed into one of Europe’s hottest talents since his arrival from Corinthians in 2016.
Aside from AS Roma, the 21-year-old player had also attracted serious interest from Premier League top teams such as Arsenal and Tottenham even though it was the Italian Club that had the edge to sign him before the Catalan Giants came out from nowhere to upstage the table.
Even his former club, F.C. Bordeaux had made an announcement on Monday to the effect that a €40m deal had been agreed with Roma, only for Malcom to come out to reject the switch in favour of a move to F.C. Barcelona.
Malcom joins another Brazilian, Arthur who was also recently acquired by F.C. Barcelona for the 2018-19 campaign, as the team prepares itself for their title defence with their first league game of the season coming up against Deportivo Alaves on August 19.