Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Roma could take legal action against Malcom, Bordeaux - Monchi

Roma could take legal action against Malcom, Bordeaux - Monchi

Barcelona sealed their third signing of the summer by bringing in Malcom from Bordeaux for less than his market value.

The deal includes a further €1 million (A$1.6 million) in add-ons on top of the initial €41 million (A$64.5 million).

Bordeaux initially announced on their Twitter account "that an agreement has been reached, subject to the signature of the administrative documents, with AS Roma for the transfer of Malcom".

Despite missing out on Malcom, the news could actually be a boost for Everton's transfer plans, with the Bordeaux winger set to become the fourth non-EU player at the Nou Camp, with only three players allowed in each La Liga squad.

"I told him that, for us, it would not be ideal - as we are listed on the stock exchange and have to respect certain rules - but he insisted, and they ultimately did a tweet to announce the agreement".

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It was at that point that Monchi claims Bordeaux and Malcom's representatives were still angling for more money, so he pulled Roma out of the deal.

"I informed (Martin) and (Malcom's) agents that Roma were ready to beat Barcelona's offer".

"President Pallotta made the decision to make the best offer possible, but when the negotiation became an auction we chose to withdraw from it". However, Spanish champions Barcelona swooped in with a better offer before he had boarded a plane for Italy. "We did not want to enter an auction: We could not continue like that".

Already this month they signed Clement Lenglet for €35 million and Arthur for €40 million.

Malcom will undergo a medical in Barcelona on Wednesday ahead of his presentation before flying out to the United States to join up with his new teammates.

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