Pallotta praises new additions, takes aim at Barcelona over Malcom incident

John Solano

Roma president James Pallotta appeared on Sirius XM Radio this morning and discussed a variety of topics. Here is an excerpt of his words:

“Malcom? Barcelona jumped into the mix, no question they did so unethically. Monchi was on a video conference the following morning with Malcom’s agent, who said, ‘Look Monchi, I’m wearing red, the deal is done.’ But we’ve gotten legal advice on the situation and it looks like Bordeaux will be testifying. Even yesterday, Barcelona called us to apologise, but I don’t accept their apology. The only way I accept their apology is if they send us Messi. Malcom wanted to come to us, there were other clubs interested such as Leicester and Everton but they weren’t having formal talks. We had already agreed to a buyout clause of €120 million. Nothing was signed? That’s bullshit. Every club knows how things work. Forget about the legality, it’s unethical and immoral. His agent? Maybe he’s a moron.”

He continued, “The new additions? Kluivert is like Allen Iverson with his feet, he’s very quick and young. Pastore was a guy we really needed. We needed someone who could distribute the ball to all of the talent we have up front. Alisson? Let’s be serious, €70 million is a lot.”