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Manchester United chase Ligue 1 star as they look to challenge for the Premier League title

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United are now after Bordeaux forward Malcom as they look to improve their side during the January transfer window.

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 even Barcelona.

As Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his squad during the winter transfer window, especially with the board handing him a £80million transfer budget according to reports from the Daily Star. However, the Portuguese manager has only two targets reportedly, a left and a winger to restore and add quality to his squad.

However, with Manchester United hell-bent on signing a star winger during the window, especially after losing out on Ivan Perisic, it looks like, despite the competition for the Brazilian international, Mourinho will get his man. But with Bordeaux asking for £50 million for their young star, things may not go Mourinho’s way, as United believe that a fee of £35 million is more than fair.

Mourinho’s main targets are Malcom and with his ability to cut in and shoot, he may be the perfect man for the Portuguese manager. However, given that Bordeaux has 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.

When asked about all the transfer talk surrounding him, the 20-year-old said, “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.”

Author’s take:

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 with 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.

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