Welcome Malcom: How Barcelona snatched Brazil star from under AS Roma's nose

Roma Sporting Director Roma gave an interview explaining

Bordeaux pulled the plug on a deal with Serie A side AS Roma and announced the Brazilian midfielder would be moving to Barcelona on a five year contract; this after both clubs had took to Twitter to officially announce the transfer would be going ahead in a move instigated apparently by the Bordeaux President Stephane Martin.

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

The 21-year-old completed a "dream" €41million move to Camp Nou on Tuesday, just a day after Bordeaux announced they had accepted a bid from Roma.

"Now, within the club, we are looking at our options and seeing if we have a legal case".

Roma are considering taking legal action over Barcelona's £37million transfer for Malcom.

"I told him that we had an agreement, we had made the deal, but he said that nothing had been signed and that, despite having exchanged some documents to be signed, nothing could be done".

"I told him we had an agreement, but he told me we hadn't signed anything".

"President [James] Pallotta made the decision to make the best offer possible, but when the negotiation became an auction we chose to withdraw from it".

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"At 11, his agent told me that there'd be a meeting to fix everything, but after midday they told me we had to make another offer because Barcelona was pushing".

Monchi claimed Bordeaux then reneged on their £35.5m deal with Roma, the result of "three of four days of intensive negotiations", after receiving the higher offer from Barcelona.

"Therefore, I said "that's it" because I didn't want to go into an auction". If someone wants to come to Roma that is great, but ultimately if they do not want to come to Rome then we do not want them. Although we don't have any signed documents, I have lots of messages from [Malcom's] agent and [Bordeaux's] president.

"I want to tell our fans that we are continuing to work hard, working to identify a player that wants to come to Roma and is the equal or even better than Malcom".

Barca had welcomed their new star on Tuesday by tweeting pictures of the Brazilian kissing the club badge and using the hashtag #EnjoyMalcom.

Malcom passed a medical at Barcelona on Wednesday and will head to join up with his new teammates on their pre-season tour in the US.

Malcom will be Barcelona's third big money signing of the season after Clement Lenglet (Sevilla) and Arthur (Gremio).

The youngster spent two years at Bordeaux, during which he scored 23 times in 96 games.

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