Football: Barcelona sign Malcom from Bordeaux after Roma drama

Malcom in Ligue 1 action against Nice in 2016.
Malcom in Ligue 1 action against Nice in 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

BARCELONA (AFP) - Spanish champions Barcelona announced on Tuesday (July 24) they have signed Brazilian winger Malcom from French side Bordeaux on a five-year deal for €41 million (S$65 million).

The signing comes after Bordeaux blocked the transfer of the 21-year-old to Italian giants Roma following a last-minute bid from the Catalan side on Monday.

"FC Barcelona and Girondins de Bordeaux have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira. The operation will cost €41 million and €1 million in variables," Barcelona said in a statement.

"The player will sign with the club for the next five seasons, until the end of the 2022/23 season."

Malcom had been expected to arrive in Rome on Monday night for a medical on Tuesday before joining his future teammates on their pre-season tour of the United States the following day, but had his flight cancelled by the Ligue 1 outfit at the last moment.

Barcelona made contact with Bordeaux following the failure to sign Brazil international Willian from Chelsea and, according to Italian media reports, made a bid larger than the reported fee of €38 million agreed with Roma.

Malcom had been a reported target for several European clubs including Premier League sides Arsenal and Tottenham, but English clubs may have been put off from making a bid as he needed a UK work permit to play in the Premier League.

Malcom scored 12 goals in 35 league games for Bordeaux last season.

He will arrive in Barcelona on Tuesday and undergo a medical the following day before joining the team on their US tour.

Barcelona praised him as a "daring, pacey forward with an ability to shoot from distance" who has "a great future ahead of him".

"He stands out due to his electrifying pace and his technique with the ball at his feet," they added.

"Aside from his speed, he also has great technical ability and links up well with his team-mates, one of the main aspects of Barca's football."