Roma's cheeky dig at Barcelona over Steven Nzonzi transfer

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Steven Nzonzi spent six years in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke between 2009 and 2015.
Steven Nzonzi spent six years in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke between 2009 and 2015.

AS Roma have taken a cheeky dig at Barcelona when they announced the signing of Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla last night.

The Serie A club have signed the French World Cup winner in deal that could be worth up to £27 million.

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It has been a busy window for the Italian club with nine new players arriving, including Justin Kluivert from Ajax and Javier Pastore from PSG. However, it is the player they missed out on which Roma still have on their mind.

Brazilian star Malcom also looked certain to join Roma at the end of last month from Bordeaux but the forward performed a dramatic U-turn after the club announced that they had agreed terms for his signature.

Malcom snubbed Roma to sign for Barca in July
Malcom snubbed Roma to sign for Barca in July

The winger had even reportedly arrived at the airport to catch a flight to the Italian the capital, only to buy a direct ticket to Catalonia and sign for the LaLiga giants instead.

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After that debacle, Roma’s social media team posted a video suggesting they’d learned their lesson.


“We weren’t taking any chances with this one,” read the caption, which accompanied a video that conveyed the message nobody was about to swoop in to scupper this deal.

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