Spanish champions Barcelona announced on Tuesday that they have signed a Brazilian winger Malcom from a French team Bordeaux. For a five-year deal for 41 million euros ($48 million). Just a day after Bordeaux announced they has received a bid from Roma Barcelona snatched the deal. “The player will sign with the club for the next five seasons, until the end of the 2022/23 season.”

Barcelona made contact with Bordeaux following the failure to sign Brazil international Willian from Chelsea. According to Italian media reports they made a bid larger than the reported fee of 38 million euros ($44.4 million).

Malcom is expected to arrive Rome on Monday. Then he will go for his medical on Tuesday before joining his teammates on their pre-season tour to US the following day. He was under the eyes of Premier League sides Arsenal and Tottenham. The English clubs may have put off from making a bid as he needed a UK work permit to play in the Premier League.

Malcom scored 12 goals in 35 league games for Bordeaux last season. Barcelona praised him as a daring, pacey forward with an ability to shoot from distance. Aside from his speed, he also has great technical ability and links up well with his team-mates, one of the main aspects of Barca’s football”.

The Brazilian has chosen the number 7 shirt for his kit. We don’t know if he can be as good as Griezmann. It’s already a big upgrade for our number 7 if he does better than Arda Turan.