Roma are considering taking legal action after winger Malcom opted to join Barcelona from Bordeaux ahead of the club.
It was expected that Malcom would arrive at Roma on Monday night after the clubs agreed a fee and medicals were arranged, with hundreds of Giallorossi fans turning up at the Rome airport.
Everything in terms of a verbal agreement between the clubs and the player was in place before Barca swooped on the deal, completing a €41m transfer.
“Early this morning (Tuesday) I spoke with Malcom's agent, Fernando Garcia, who had a meeting with Bordeaux planned at 12pm to confirm everything was in place for the player to travel to Rome in the evening,” Monchi told AS Roma’s website, as cited by the BBC.
“After that I was surprised to be told that the agents and Bordeaux wanted another improved offer, as Barcelona were still pushing for a deal. I told them enough, because we did not want to enter an auction.
“It is true that nothing was signed, but there are many messages with the agents and their president that are at least worth being assessed.”