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Zenit Petersburg sign Malcom from Barcelona for £41m

Zenit St Petersburg have signed Brazilian winger Malcom from Spanish champions Barcelona for an initial fee of £41 million, the two clubs announced on Friday.

The 22-year-old, who joined the Catalans last season from French club Girondins Bordeaux, made 24 appearances for Ernesto Valverde’s side last season, scoring four times in all competitions. “Barcelona and Zenit St Petersburg have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Malcom.

The Russian team will pay Barcelona 40 million euros plus 5 million euros in variables,” the La Liga club said in a statement.

“Barcelona retains an interest in case of a future sale of the Brazilian.” Everton reportedly made a late £40 million bid for Malcom after failing to land Wilfried Zaha but their interest came too late.

The Brazilian will join a Zenit side who finished top of the Russian Premier League last season, meaning they will play Champions League football this term.

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