Barcelona announce signing of Bordeaux winger Malcom

Ruben Holloway
July 24, 2018

Barcelona have reached a deal to sign Bordeaux winger Malcom for £36.5m - a day after Roma announced they were on the verge of signing him.

Roma fans gathered at the airport on Monday night, as they expected to welcome the 21-year-old, but his flight was cancelled by the Ligue 1 club at the last moment.

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

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Should the deal proceed it could have serious consequences for Chelsea midfielder Willian as he waits for Barcelona to match the Stamford Bridge club's £70m valuation.

However, the Catalan giants have now swooped in and signed the Brazilian starlet for a fee in the region on £40m.

Bordeaux refused to sell Malcom in the January transfer window, with Gus Poyet announcing he would not have taken the manager's job without assurances the forward would remain until at least the end of the season.

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But he has now made a decision to join the Spanish champions and will have his medical on Wednesday.

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.

But Malcom became their primary target after a campaign during which he scored 12 goals and laid on eight assists in all competitions.

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