Tottenham Hotspur may have drawn a blank in the summer transfer window but a recent report from Spanish media outlet Sport suggests that Daniel Levy is preparing his cheque book ahead of a potential transfer splurge.
With Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min all residing with Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, Tottenham’s need to sign a new wing-wizard is one of the least pressing issues currently facing the club.
That Jan Vertognhen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele are all out of contract in 2019 would suggest that Spurs should be looking at central defenders and central midfielders ahead of the January transfer window, but reports from Spain suggest the club are focused on an intriguing attacker.
Indeed, Sport published a report on Friday morning claiming Tottenham Hotspur are willing to fork out what would represent a club record 50 million euros (£44 million) to sign Malcom from Barcelona, although they face competition from London rivals Arsenal and Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Malcom made a last gasp u-turn in the summer to sign for Barcelona when he looked nailed on to join Roma, but he has endured a tough opening to life in La Liga.
The Brazilian wing-wizard has made just two appearances for the club totalling 25 minutes of competitive football and his lack of opportunity could ultimately result in a January departure.
The Catalan giants moved to sign Malcom following an immensely impressive campaign in Ligue 1 last season in which he scored 12 goals and provided 8 assists in all-competitions for Bordeaux.
But a high-profile transfer to one of the world’s most prestigious and demanding clubs seems to have arrived prematurely, and if his situation doesn’t change in the coming months then Tottenham would certainly be wise to capitalise on his potential availability.
Not only would Malcom’s raw individual talent be a huge asset for the club, he would squeeze the best form out of Harry Kane due to his devastating pace on the breakaway and his willingness to make darting runs in the final-third.
During the international break Kane continued to demonstrate his credentials as a deep-lying forward by assisting 2 goals and creating the assist for England’s opener with a perfectly weighted pass into Marcus Rashford’s path.
With electric wide men in Rashford and Raheem Sterling playing either side of him, Kane adopted something resembling a false-nine role and he excelled when collecting the ball from deep.
Kane possess the range of passing, immaculate first-touch and incisive vision which are required to thrive in a deeper role, but the pace and dynamism provided by Rashford and Sterling from the flanks are necessary qualities for Tottenham’s number nine to thrive.
With that being said, the addition of Malcom (valued at £40.5 million by Transfermarkt) would enable Pochettino to emulate the success Gareth Southgate enjoyed with Kane spearheading England’s front-three in Seville on Monday evening.
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