Spanish giants FC Barcelona reportedly hijacked Malcom's move to Roma hours after he had reached an agreement with the Italian club. Here is the story behind their capture of the Brazilian!
The 21-year-old completed his €41 million (R635 million) move to Barca a day after Bordeaux announced that the Brazilian was on his way to Italy.
Barca's signing of the winger has caused much confusion, but Spanish publication Sport has detailed just how the Catalans managed to snatch the player from under Roma's nose.
It is believed the Blaugrana had been in contact with the player through the son of Josep Maria Minguella, a 77-year-old scout and agent who works for the LaLiga giants. His son, Minguella Junior, was reportedly the bridge between Malcom and Barca.
It has been stated that Minguella Junior informed Barca two weeks ago that Roma were after Malcom, and advised the Spanish side to move quickly or miss out on the chance to sign him.
Barca initially had Chelsea winger Willian as their top target, but after the Blues rejected several offers from the Catalans, they decided they had to make an alternative plan.
After seeing that Roma and Bordeaux had agreed terms on a move for Malcom, Barca stepped up their interest in the player by bettering the Italian club's offer.
On Tuesday morning, it was reported that Malcom and his representatives were in Spain to finalise his move to the Blaugrana, with the transfer being announced that evening.
Roma are believed to be considering legal action against the Spanish side as a result, although it remains to be seen whether or not any regulations were broken.
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