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Roma president on Barcelona signing Malcom: ‘Give us Lionel Messi as an apology’

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The Italian club’s president found a way to have fun in a weird situation

AS Roma v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

It’s safe to say AS Roma have all the right to be upset after losing Brazilian winger Malcom to Barcelona in what was a very bizarre transfer saga this week. After announcing the player and waiting for him to arrive in Rome to sign the deal, the Italians were left stunned as Bordeaux accepted Barça’s offer and Malcom join the Catalans instead.

Roma have already announced they will take legal action against Bordeaux over the issue, but it seems like they don’t have any real problems with Barça. That’s according to club president, James Palotta, who called Barça’s actions “unethical” in a recent readio interview but made such a good joke that a potential “slam” just became really good banter.

“Barcelona have apologised to us but I didn’t accept their apologies. The only way to accept their apologies is if they decide do give us Messi. Barcelona intervened in an unethical way.

“Our director of football Monchi was involved in a conference call with Malcom’s agent and an agreement was reached. We’ve taken legal advice and it appears Bordeaux will now be called to testify”.

Source: Football-Espana

It seems like Palotta knows that Barça did something that doesn’t look great but is just something that happens in pretty much every transfer negotiation. Clubs try to hijack each other’s deals all the time, but the big problem here is that Bordeaux themselves announced they had a deal with Roma and then changed their minds. That’s weird.

As for the “give us Messi” thing, well, just like Palotta passed on Barça’s apology, we’ll pass on that one. Great joke, though.