The Giallorossi were hours away from signing the Brazilian last week and had even reached an agreement with French side Bordeaux when Barca swooped in with a bigger offer, landing the 21-year-old talent for €41 million.
Ahead of the International Champions Cup fixture at Texas’ AT&T Stadium, Roma defender Kostas Manolas said he had “never heard” of the Brazilian forward and the club’s social media account jokingly “muted” him from its timeline.
But the player saw the lighter side, saying to reporters after the game: “I don’t get involved with that sort of provocation.
“What’s important is what happens on the pitch. There’s no need to go over and over [what happened]. I am here, I’m a Barcelona player and I want to help. I hope to be able to make the supporters happy.”
Pressed for his thoughts on how social media savvy Roma have dealt with the transfer saga on Twitter, he added: “No, nothing [to say]. It’s just jokes. I’m not angry about it.”
The Blaugrana new boy had several good chances throughout the game, and gave Barca a deserved second-half lead after Rafinha and Stephan El Shaarawy had exchanged first-half goals.
However, as coach Ernesto Valverde rang the changes, ending the game with 10 B team players on the pitch, the Spanish champions fell apart.
Roma took full advantage and turned things around with late goals from Alessandro Florenzi, Bryan Cristante and Diego Perotti.
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20:55 – Malcom not bothered about being in middle of Roma “provocation”
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18:00 – Munir could be on the move after all
Sevilla have made an improved offer for striker Munir El Haddadi that Barcelona now consider too good turn to turn down, according to reports.
14:45 – Abidal puts brakes on Pogba rumours
Barcelona technical secretary Eric Abidal has denied rumours he has met with Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba.
13:55 – Digne departs for Everton
12:35 – Roberto wants second chance with La Roja
Barcelona right-back Sergi Roberto hopes that mentor Luis Enrique’s ascension to the Spain national side will lead to a recall.
Roberto, 26, was snubbed from the World Cup 2018 squad by Julen Lopetegui. But the 51-year-old was dismissed on the eve of the tournament after his shock move to Real Madrid, leading to ex-Barca boss Enrique taking over last month.
Sevilla have made an improved offer for striker Munir El Haddadi that Barcelona now consider too good turn to turn down, according to SPORT.
El Haddadi, 22, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Valencia and Alaves. But impressive performances in pre-season had led head coach Ernesto Valverde to consider retaining him for 2018/19 and selling Paco Alcacer.
A double offer for the one-cap Spain attacker and Aleix Vidal by Sevilla has now forced a switch in stance from the La Liga champions.
The final decision now rests with El Haddadi, who will be a guaranteed starter at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.