Report: Club rubbish reported Arsenal offer for player
Reports emerging from Barcelona suggest that the club have not received any offers for winger Malcom – who has been linked with a possible approach from Arsenal.
According to Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), Catalunya Radio have claimed that Malcom wants to leave the Spanish champions following a meeting between the player’s agent and Barcelona officials.
A report in Spanish publication Sport earlier this month highlighted Malcom’s potential interest in a loan move to the Emirates Stadium, though Barcelona were thought to only be interested in a permanent switch so as to accrue funds for a possible transfer to secure former player Neymar’s return from Paris Saint-Germain.
That remains to be the case, per Sport Witness, with Barcelona reportedly looking for around £50m for the Brazilian, having paid £36.9m for his signature (according to Transfermarkt) when they signed him from Bordeaux less than 12 months ago.
The Sport Witness account also claims that Mundo Deportivo contacted the club over potential interest from The Gunners – to which Barcelona have denied any knowledge or expectation of an incoming bid from Arsenal for their player.
Malcom only featured 24 times for Barcelona last season – with just 11 of those being starts despite his big-money move from Ligue 1 last summer – which could explain his desire to leave Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been on the lookout for a winger this summer, following reports of their as-yet unsuccessful pursuit of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace after a £40m bid was made for the Ivorian attacker in recent weeks.
With the club reportedly under financial restraints in this window, a loan move for Malcom could potentially be a more cost-effective solution for The Gunners as they look to seal other deals for the likes of William Saliba and Dani Ceballos on a budget thought be around the £40m mark – as a result of them missing out on Champions League qualification last season.
Though with these latest reports appearing to quash a possible move for Malcom, they may end up going into next season relying on Alex Iwobi and Reiss Nelson to take up positions on the wing, with the latter returning from loan to boost The Gunners’ options in that area.
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