Wednesday July 31 2019
Malcom set for Zenit switch

Barcelona forward Malcom, who rejected a move to Roma last summer, is set to join Russian club Zenit St Petersburg.

Sky Sport Italia, the Evening Standard and RMC Sport all report Zenit have agreed an initial €40m fee with Barca for Malcom, with €5m to follow in bonuses.

He is expected to undergo a medical on Friday before completing his transfer.

The 22-year-old infamously pulled out of an agreement with Roma at the 11th hour to sign for Barca last summer.

However, his dream move ended in disappointment as he started just six League games in 2018-19.

The Brazilian also faced increased competition from Antoine Griezmann and possibly Neymar if he were to return from Paris Saint-Germain.

In turn, Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira believes Malcom’s arrival in Russia will push through Emiliano Rigoni’s proposed switch to Sampdoria.

Schira explains Rigoni will move to the Blucerchiati on a €1m loan with an €11m option to buy, which becomes mandatory after 10 apppearances.

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