Before playing Barcelona, Roma have muted Twitter references to Malcom
The Italians have brought their Twitter A-game once again.
Roma and Barcelona have been at loggerheads in recent weeks over the sale of Bordeaux winger Malcom to the Catalan club.
The 21-year-old joined for 42 million euros (£37.3 million) just a day after Roma said they had a deal of their own for the Brazilian – even leading the Italians to consider legal action.
So, with Roma set to play Barcelona in the International Champions Cup, Roma’s English language Twitter account spotted a golden opportunity for a joke about the situation.
Match day pic.twitter.com/VcxxnXcC1n— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 31, 2018
With the upcoming fixture, they’ve muted notifications to all mentions of Malcom – a reasonable thing to do given the hurt surrounding the transfer for the club.
So close were they to adding Malcom to their ranks that they even created a musical mash-up for the transfer announcement.
🎧 While you’re here, check out our SoundCloudhttps://t.co/ZKSX62oVY7— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 31, 2018
A social media symphony sadly missed.
In any case, Roma’s joke went down well with the fans.
hahahahahah.— Gian Oddi (@gianoddi) July 31, 2018
roma, roma, roma... https://t.co/GLrJHwMMTh
Ladies and gents, by far the best football club account on Twitter. It's not even a contest! https://t.co/ybUrKvuEOR— Karan Sen (@KaranSen) July 31, 2018
Some thought they could spot a way through Roma’s anti-Malcom defences though.
ANNOUNC3 MALC0M https://t.co/JNTsSB0Km6— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) July 31, 2018
One of Roma’s players, Kostas Manolas, has spoken out about the Malcom transfer prior to Tuesday’s game.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the centre-back told reporters of the Brazilian: “I don’t know who he is, I don’t know him.
“Before he signed for Barcelona, even he didn’t know his name.
“There is no reason to say hello. He didn’t want to go to Roma, it is better that he goes to Barcelona.”