The Brazilian instead opted to move to the Camp Nou after a very late bid arrived. Leonardo Cornacini of Elenko Sports, the agency which represents the Brazilian, has given his take on what actually happened.
“The truth is that we decided not to go to Roma because they behaved badly with us,” he said.
“I was working on a deal for [Daniel] Fuzato, who is another of my clients, but Roma closed it with another agent, although it’s worth mentioning that I have nothing against him. In short, it was revenge.
“I’m sorry to say it, but that’s what it was. Roma behaved badly with us, 10 days before with the Fuzato deal, so we acted the same way towards them.
“Given the attitude shown towards us, I decided, together with Malcom, that the best destination wasn’t the Giallorossi one.
“And then again, in the same deal for Malcom, Monchi had involved other intermediaries. Today, however, Malcom is happy to be a new signing for Barcelona.”
Source | Tuttomercatoweb
It’s fair to say Roma were pretty annoyed with the whole situation. Meanwhile, Barcelona vice-president has recently told ESPN Barcelona have been tracking Malcom “for four years.”