Everton could lose out on Barcelona winger Malcom to Zenit St. Petersburg, according to Calcio Napoli 24.
The Russian outfit are said to have offered €45m (£41m), while Everton have only gone as far as €40m (£36.5m) as of yet.
The route from Camp Nou to Goodison Park has been a well-trodden one, with Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina all having made the move, though it seems Malcom will not be following them.
Malcom started nine competitive games for Barcelona and came on as a substitute for 10 last season, scoring three goals and assisting twice, as per WhoScored, while he also contributed 0.9 key passes and 0.7 dribbles to the club’s attack.
One of those goals and both assists came in the league, which saw the Brazilian get a goal contribution every 202.7 minutes.
In comparison, Theo Walcott, Everton’s main right-winger last season, started 24 Premier League games and came off the bench for 15, scoring five goals and assisting two, giving him a goal contribution every 303.4 minutes.
He also only made 0.6 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game.
Obviously, Malcom was never likely to be the focal point of the Barca attack considering some of the talent available to the Blaugrana but his numbers last season weren’t better than the current options.
So, when the potential fee being paid is considered, they may want to focus on other areas considering the fact they also boast Bernard who’s attacking output was better than his countryman. Indeed, Bernard averaged 1.2 key passes per game and 1.2 dribbles a game and the seemingly imminent transfer of Moise Kean could afford Richarlison the chance to revert to a wing role, further bolstering the ranks.
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