Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have this afternoon confirmed that they are interested in the signing of in-demand Bordeaux youngster Malcom.
Malcom, a 20-year-old Brazilian U23 international, was thrown into the limelight in a major way following the opening of the winter transfer market in January, after a stellar first half of the season in Ligue 1.
The versatile attacker, who can play on either wing or in a more central role, has racked up 8 goals and 6 assists in 25 appearances (23 starts) in the French top-flight to this point in the campaign, with his seering pace, hammer of a left foot and penchant for the spectacular having led to links with some of European football’s biggest clubs.
North London battle
In England, all of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have been named as having expressed an interest in Malcom, though it was the latter duo who emerged as the clear leading contenders for his signature towards the close of the transfer window in January.
Reports had suggested that Spurs were closing in on a deal with Bordeaux which would have seen Malcom signed immediately, but remain in France for the remainder of the season, though such rumours were eventually proven to be wide of the mark.
As such, Mauricio Pochettino’s men opted to bring in Lucas Moura from PSG instead.
Arsenal, meanwhile, switched their attentions to securing an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, though Arsene Wenger and co. are thought to be continuing to monitor Malcom’s situation nonetheless ahead of a possible summer bid.
However, in a surprise twist to the saga last month, reliable German outlet Sport Bild revealed that another side, in the form of Bayern Munich, had moved firmly to the front of the queue for Malcom.
Bild’s report divulged that a meeting between the Bavarians and Malcom’s entourage took place at the beginning of February, with the ‘framework’ of a 5-year-deal having been agreed between the parties.
The accuracy of such claims remains unclear at present, but, as confirmed by Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes this afternoon, the Bavarians are indeed interested in bringing Malcom to the Allianz Arena:
‘I do not know the player enough,’ Heynckes admitted to Sport Bild. ‘But he’s certainly in the focus of our scouting department, like many other players as well. [Sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic has very clear ideas and is driving forward the plans for next season.’
‘He knows exactly who is in our sights and which players he would like to have. He has high quality players in mind.’