Malcom reveals why he snubbed Roma for Barcelona

Malcom at his Barcelona unveiling

Malcom at his Barcelona unveiling

The 21-year-old was set to join the Italians this week but media reports in Spain and Italy said Spanish champions Barca's 11th hour offer had changed Malcom's mind and he has become their third signing of the transfer window. The President said he needed the documents signed with the new offer and, when I sent it to him, he said Malcom would arrive the day after.

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

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

That capped a stunning turnaround after Bordeaux and Roma had both confirmed on Monday that the player would be headed to Italy, subject to completing a medical and agreeing personal terms. At 11pm we submitted a formal document with the offer president Pallotta was willing to make. "It is true that nothing was signed, but there are many messages with the agents and their president that are at least worth being assessed".

Malcom celebrates a goal for Bordeaux last season
Malcom celebrates a goal for Bordeaux last season

"I informed the Bordeaux president and his agents that Roma were ready to beat Barcelona's offer".

And they've been left with egg on their face following the Malcom ordeal.

This can be seen by how Bordeaux accepted a €41 million deal for the youngster after having already agreed a deal with Roma for just one million less.

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"I told him we had an agreement, but he told me we hadn't signed anything". "We did not want to enter an auction: We could not continue like that".

Malcom will soon join his new teammates in the United States and start working under the orders of Ernesto Valverde.

"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".

"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", the official concluded.

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Barca and Roma will then play each other in the International Champions Cup in Dallas next week, although Malcom could make his debut before then in Saturday's game against Tottenham in Los Angeles.

Brazilian soccer player Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira poses in front of an FC Barcelona logo at their offices next to Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.

"After that meeting, I was surprised to be told that the agents and Bordeaux wanted another improved offer, as Barcelona were still pushing for a deal", Monchi said.

He spent three seasons with Bordeaux, scoring 23 goals in 96 appearances.

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