Arsenal have joined the race to try and lure Malcom away from Barcelona after a disappointing start to life under Ernesto Valverde.
What’s the situation?
The Brazilian looked set to sign for Italian side Roma from Bordeaux in the summer but changed his mind at the final moment and decided to join Barcelona instead for a fee of around £45 million. After quite an effective 2017/18 season at the French club, the 21-year-old became a hot target for some of Europe’s biggest clubs, but now after only a few months at the Nou Camp, Malcom is reportedly unhappy at Barcelona after making only two substitute appearances so far this season.
Some of those big clubs are now however monitoring his game-time at Barcelona and look set to want to cash in on his current situation. According to the Express Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are also keen on what he can offer after they failed to make any signings in the summer transfer window. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino appears to be eager to change that in the upcoming window and may have lined up Malcom as a possible target.
Arsenal interested in his services
Despite the other clubs keeping tabs on Malcom, Arsenal have reportedly grown their interest in making use of him and want to offer the winger a loan spell at the Emirates. According to the report in the Express the Gunners are looking to strengthen their current squad as much as possible with the hope of making a strong finish to their season.
Manager Unai Emery appears to be getting things right at Arsenal since taking over from Arsène Wenger in May with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang setting the Premier League alight at the moment, but Emery is set to make more additions to his squad in January as backups for the current first-team players. The boss could use someone like Malcom as a necessary reinforcement in the latter part of the season should injuries become an issue or some players require rest.