As has been mentioned many times, the player most linked with Arsenal this January, before we acquired Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was the young Brazilian Malcom, but Bordeaux refused to accept any offers in the winter transfer window despite rumours saying that the 20 year-old had even handed in a transfer request to persuade the Ligue 1 side to allow him to leave.
Now it has been confirmed by the Bordeaux manager Gus Poyet that Malcom was ‘nearly lost’ in January and they are going to have to prepare for the Brazilian’s exit in the near future. Payet said about Malcom: “He is a special player who can win matches on his own. He is often double-marked because his talent is that special, and in January we were nervous because we almost lost him to the Premier League.
“We must prepare for this because sooner or later he will leave.”
Even Malcom himself recently revealed that he is still keen on a move and told them that he would definitely be considering offers in the summer. He was quoted as saying: “Yes, there was a promise that I will be negotiating in June. I will choose the team, and Bordeaux will let me go.”
This agreement was later denied by Bordeaux’s club president Stephan Martin, although he was happy to admit that Malcom had made no secret of his desire to join a bigger club. The Brazilian is obviously too talented for the French League so should Arsenal be making Malcom one of their first targets for the summer?