Arsenal is chasing Manchester United and Barcelona target Malcom, with the Gunners discussing the possibility of a £50 million deal.
The Brazilian has been targeted by many clubs ever since he moved through the ranks at Corinthians at a stunning pace. However, with a move to Bordeaux in January of 2016, the 20-year-old has been in incredible form for his new club. With seven goals and four more assists, Malcom has already become a target for Manchester United, Bayern Munich and now Arsenal.
According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal has set up a meeting with Bordeaux to discuss a January move worth at least £50 million for the 20-year-old. However, given that Bordeaux have just acquired his services, less than a year ago there is a small chance that the Ligue 1 side will let their star leave. The 20-year-old has already matched his goals tally for last season, with seven in the bag and is the main reason why Bordeaux is playing well.
The Brazil U20 star has been seen as s replacement for the departing Alexis Sanchez, who as days pass by looks more and more likely to join Manchester City. With the Chilean hell-bent on playing for Pep Guardiola again, the Citizens have submitted a £20 million bid for the 29-year-old, with Arsenal wanting something around the £35 million mark.
Malcom is not the only one that Arsenal have been chasing, as the Gunners have been linked with moves for Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and even Lyon’s Nabil Fekir as potential replacements for Alexis Sanchez.
Malcom: Has scored more goals from outside of the box (4) than any other played aged 23 and under in Europe's top 5 leagues this season
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 10, 2018
When asked about all the transfer talk surrounding him earlier, the 20-year-old went on to say, “Even when I was at Corinthians these rumours were already happening. I have a calm mind about that, I have a focused thought on the pitch and I leave it to my agent and my family to take care of. Then, who knows, if a bid comes up I’ll think of leaving, but now I’ll just keep playing football.”
Malcom is one for the future, and while he is yet to make a senior appearance for Brazil, even manager Tite believes that he along a host of others, will lead to Brazil’s golden generation. But given that he’s only twenty years old, it will be tough for him to adjust in the Premier League, arriving mid-season, which is why Mourinho has decided to send him back to Bordeaux on loan after signing him.