Barcelona have signed Malcom from Bordeaux for £45.5 million after swooping under the noses of Roma.
The deal – £36.5 million plus £9 million in add-ons – has come after the Spanish side have gazumped Roma, who had announced the signing of the 21-year-old before he failed to board a flight to the Italian capital.
This dramatic turn of events could have serious consequences for Chelsea midfielder Willian as he waits for Barcelona to match the Stamford Bridge club’s £70 million valuation.
Chelsea rejected Barcelona’s £65 million bid for Willian on Monday but talks were expected to continue.
Malcom cancelled his Monday night flight to Rome, leaving expectant fans disappointed at the airport.
And the situation for those in Rome worsened as the club were informed of the talented youngster’s wish to join Barcelona.
He has signed a five-year deal until the end of the 2022-23 season.
Malcom’s agent Junior Minguella posted a picture with the player grinning from ear to ear in his new club colours.