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AS Roma President Refuses Barcelona's Apology For Signing Malcom, Wants Lionel Messi In Return

Nasir Jabbar

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AS Roma President Refuses Barcelona's Apology For Signing Malcom, Wants Lionel Messi In Return

AS Roma president James Pallotta has jokingly refused Barcelona's apology for signing Malcom underneath their noses, while asking for a brilliant favour in return.

Malcom was on the verge of joining AS Roma after striking a deal with Bordeaux for his sale. A transfer fee and personal terms were agreed.

Though a contract was not signed which paved the way for Barcelona, who have been actively looking for a new attacker following their failed pursuit of Chelsea's Willian.

The La Liga giants tabled a more lucrative offer, in the region of £36 million, which was accepted by Bordeaux.

Barcelona secured his services and unveiled Malcom.

Pallotta has since reacted to the clubs 'unethical' method.

"Barcelona intervened in an unethical way," he told SiriusXM via Football Italia.

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He added: "In the morning, Monchi was in a conference call with his agent and an agreement was made.

"We've received legal advice, and it seems Bordeaux will be called to testify. Yesterday Barcelona apologised to us, but I didn't accept their apologies.

"The only way to accept them is if they decide to give us Messi. Closed relations with Barcelona? No. They're bigger than us and we'll have agreements with them in the future."

Brilliant.

If you don't ask, you don't get.

Messi at the Stadio Olimpico. Image: PA
Messi at the Stadio Olimpico. Image: PA
Malcom in action for Bordeaux. Image: PA
Malcom in action for Bordeaux. Image: PA

Despite not snapping up the budding Brazilian talent, AS Roma have had a pretty successful summer transfer window.

The Serie A outfit have signed exciting players in the shape of Justin Kluivert and Javier Pastore, to name but a few.

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, AS Roma, Malcom

Nasir Jabbar
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