Barcelona fans have poured out fury after their club failed to release forward Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira to Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg.
Malcom’s future was thrown into doubts after Barca’s quest for the services of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar Junior and Antoine Griezmann, who is already at Nou Camp with new teammates.
Surprisingly, the Russian club emerged as the favourite to sign him amidst demand by Arsenal, Inter Milan and AC Milan. According to reports, Zenit St. Petersburg presented the 40 million euros Barcelona had demanded for the Brazilian but the Spanish champions have rejected the offer, calling for an extra 5 million euros.
But this has not gone well with a section of Barca fans, who have slammed the club for frustrating Malcom and the club that wants to sign him.
📰 [MD] | Russian club, Zenit St. Petersburg presented what Barca requested; 40 million euros but now FC Barcelona are demanding for 45 million euros for Malcom. pic.twitter.com/60LU6B509g
— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) July 31, 2019
If Zenit reject the 45m Euro counter offer and the deal callapse. Barca will end up selling him 15m Euro to another team. Stupid board
— Razzy🇬🇭 (@abduloffline11) July 31, 2019
……… Are we stupid??? Imagine if they turn around and refuse and call off any deal, 40m for a player we spent 41m on and haven’t used is A GOOD DEAL. Gomes for 22m or whatever was TERRIBLE.
— Kaine ♠♥ (@Kaine19049248) July 31, 2019
The hell is wrong with this club. He doesn’t even get His minutes.
— Abin_Adams🇦🇷 (@Abin_Adams) July 31, 2019
If this is true..then the club is sick..you are unwilling to pay the full release clause of players you want yet want to increase the release clause of your players to frustrate the teams coming to buy and your players (that you don’t use) must China always come???
— Ibidapo Kevin (@KevinIbidapo) July 31, 2019
On 24 July 2018, Barcelona FC paid 41 million Euros ($45.6 million) to sign up the Brazilian forward. It appears the Spanish club’s management has no interest in trading Malcom for a lesser sum. Malcom’s contract with Barcelona FC is in force until the summer of 2023.