Roma agree deal to sign Brazilian winger Malcom from Bordeaux

Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele

LaLiga champions FC Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Bordeaux winger Malcom in a deal worth €41 million.

The 21-year-old had been a reported target for several European clubs including Premier League side Arsenal, but instead will sign for Eusebio Di Francesco's Roma.

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

He cancelled his Monday night flight to Rome, leaving expectant fans disappointed at the airport. Instead, terms were being negotiated with Barca, who had gazumped Roma's bid, which was reported to have been in the region of €32m.

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The Brazil worldwide broke off his holiday in Sardinia on Wednesday to head to Merseyside and is set to sign a six-year contract. He became the third choice keeper and did not get picked to play in the biggest competition of the year for 14- to 15 year-olds.

He was tipped to join Premier League club Everton, before Roma swooped in and agreed a £32m fee for the Brazilian, but Barcelona have gazumped the Giallorossi's offer and he will be heading to La Liga for the forthcoming campaign. However, if he's not included in the squad for that game, he could, coincidentally, come into the reckoning for the Blaugrana's match against Roma in Dallas next week.

Malcom first arrived in Europe in 2016, joining Bordeaux from Corinthians, where he won the Brazilian title, and made nearly 100 appearances for the Ligue 1 club.

Unsurprisingly, the Sporting Director of AS Roma, Monchi, is disappointed and confused by the news that a deal he thought was done was spoiled at the last minute by an approach from Barça.

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