Barcelona made contact with Bordeaux following the failure to sign Brazil global 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. "The operation will cost 41 million euros and 1 million in variables", Barcelona said in a statement. 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".
Malcom Filipe Silva da Oliveira, now on the books of Bordeaux, will soon become Barcelona's third signing of the summer.
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Malcom will arrive in Barcelona on Tuesday and will have the traditional photo taken by the Club badge outside the Club offices at 7.30pm CEST.
As a result, Bordeaux cancelled the player's flight to Italy - where supporters were already waiting to welcome him - and they are now believed to be in talks with the Catalan giants over a move.
He will now, though, become Barcelona's second major signing of the summer window following the arrival of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla .