Barcelona Hijack Roma's Big Summer Signing At Last Minute

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Barcelona appear to have stolen in on a deal for Bordeaux forward Malcom at the eleventh hour on Monday night, in an incredible turn of events which also involves Italian giants AS Roma.

However, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder has now agreed a five-year contract at the Nou Camp and will undergo a medical on Wednesday.

Reports have suggested that Barcelona see Malcom as an alternative to Willian.

Barcelona made contact with Bordeaux following the failure to sign Brazil worldwide Willian from Chelsea and, according to Italian media reports, made a bid larger than the reported fee of 38 million euros agreed with Roma. The player's agent, Fernando Garcia, told Real Sport it was the decision of the French club and not the player that resulted in the late switch: "We had an agreement with Rome, then Bordeaux blocked us". He stands out due to his electrifying pace and his technique with the ball at his feet.

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

The La Liga champions have already secured two major signings in Arthur from Gremio and Sevilla's Clement Lenglet, and Malcom becomes the third.

Malcom scored 12 goals in 35 Ligue 1 appearances for Bordeaux last season and has made 96 appearances in all competitions since joining from Corinthians in January 2016.

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