After weeks of chasing a big name signing to
bolster their attack, Barcelona have sealed the
services of Brazilian winger Malcom from
Roma seemed set to sign the 21-year-old after
launching their own bid over the weekend,
however the Blaugrana have acted fast to convince
him to move to the Camp Nou.
The deal was confirmed by Barcelona on Tuesday
with Malcom due for a medical on Wednesday,
after which he will fly out to partake in the club’s
pre-season tour of North America.
Therefore, no details of an official unveiling taking
place in Catalonia, or elsewhere, are known at this
Antoine Griezmann and Willian were the club’s
initial preferences to strengthen Ernesto Valverde’s
forward options this summer but the Atletico
Madrid star opted to stay in the Spanish capital ,
whereas Chelsea demanded a high price for their
own Brazilian wide-man.
In completing the five-year deal for Malcom,
Barcelona hand over 41 million euros to Bordeaux
with 1m euros agreed in bonuses.
As in other high profile transfers involving
Brazilian players, Andre Cury was a key man in
bringing the young attacker to his eventual
destination, and the Blaugrana now have four non-
EU players on their squad list.
That is one too many to satisfy LaLiga regulations
and Philippe Coutinho is awaiting the completion
of his switch to a Portuguese passport, although
Yerry Mina’s exit from Barcelona cannot yet be
fully ruled out.

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