Barcelona have completed the signing of Malcom from Bordeaux, with the Liga giants having hijacked a proposed switch to Roma for the Brazilian forward.
The La Liga champions have struck a deal with the French side worth an initial €41 million, with an additional €1m potentially due in add-ons.
Malcom, 21, agreed a five-year deal at Camp Nou, with a release clause expected to be fixed at €400m.
Barca’s move for Malcom came late on Monday, hours after Roma had announced that had reached an agreement with Bordeaux to sign the player.
Roma supporters even gathered at the airport in Italy’s capital city to greet him later that night, but he never arrived. Instead, terms were being negotiated with Barca, who had gazumped Roma’s bid, which was reported to have been in the region of €32m.
Fernando Garcia, Malcom’s agent, met with the Catalan club to thrash out the final details as the contracts were quickly drawn up ahead of Tuesday’s announcement. 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.
Barca face Tottenham in Los Angeles on Saturday in the International Champions Cup, when Malcom could make his debut for his new club. However, if he’s not included in the squad for that game, he could, coincidentally, come into the reckoning for the Blaugrana’s match against Roma in Dallas next week.
It would add even more intrigue to the fixture at the AT&T Stadium, given Barca will already have one eye on avenging last season’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of the Serie A side.
Malcom first arrived in Europe in 2016, joining Bordeaux from Corinthians, where he won the Brazilian title, and made almost 100 appearances for the Ligue 1 club.
He can play through the middle but is primarily a winger and he scored 12 goals last season to help Bordeaux to a sixth-placed finish, drawing attention from a number of European sides.
Borussia Dortmund and several Premier League teams were linked, but it was Roma’s sporting director Monchi who looked to have sealed a deal to sign the talented attacker.
However, Barca arrived at the last minute to steal Malcom away from Roma and Monchi, who has turned down the chance to head up transfer operations at Camp Nou on several occasions in the past.