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Monchi explains how Barcelona beat Roma to Malcom

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The sporting director has given his version of events.

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Roma sporting director Monchi has given a lengthy explanation as to how Barcelona managed to beat Roma to Malcom.

In a lengthy interview on the club’s official website Monchi explained how the deal was all agreed and that Malcom was due on a flight which would arrive in Rome at 11pm.

However, Bordeaux withdrew permission for him to travel after receiving a better offer from Barcelona. Monchi said that he was told to raise Roma’s offer, even though he thought it was a bad idea, and subsequently submitted the new offer.

Here’s the rest of the story as told by Monchi.

“The agents and the Bordeaux president told me that if all was agreed, today [Tuesday] we would be able to exchange the documents and the player would again be authorised to travel to Rome in the evening. Early this morning I spoke with Malcom’s agent, Fernando Garcia, who had a meeting with Bordeaux planned at 12pm to confirm everything was in place for the player to travel to Rome in the evening.

“After that meeting, I was surprised to be told that the agents and Bordeaux wanted another improved offer, as Barcelona were still pushing for a deal. I told them enough, because we did not want to enter an auction: we could not continue like that, and yesterday we had only raised our offer because of the willingness and desire of our president. So that was how everything ended.

“Now, within the club, we are looking at our options and seeing if we have a legal case. It is true that nothing was signed, but there are many messages with the agents and their president that are at least worth being assessed.”

Source | AS Roma

Monchi also went on to say how he was “very sorry” for what had happened and added something about how the club only want players who really want to play for them. Not that he’s bitter or anything.