Malcom stuck in the middle as Bordeaux block move to Roma after late Barcelona bid

Bordeaux have blocked the transfer of Brazilian winger Malcom to Roma after a last-minute bid from Barcelona.

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Malcom in action for Bordeaux Source: Getty Images

Roma fans gathered at the airport on Monday night, as they expected to welcome the 21-year-old, but his flight was cancelled by the Ligue 1 club at the last moment.

"There has been an approach from Barca," a source told Agence-France Presse, after Bordeaux had reached an agreement earlier in the day to sell Malcom to the Italian giants.

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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 euros (A$60 million) struck with Roma.

Malcom had been a reported target for several European clubs, including Premier League sides Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, 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.


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Published 24 July 2018 at 11:28am
Source: SBS The World Game