Everton are looking to get the ball rolling in this transfer window, but one player the club is set to miss out on is Malcom.
Malcom had been a target for the Toffees, but the Brazilian winger looks to be on his way to AS Roma with the Serie A side having agreed personal terms with the player and offered £31m to Bordeaux, according to Sky Sports.
Losing out on Malcom would be a disappointment; the 21-year-old is of the quality to help Everton reach that next level and is the type of player to bring excitement to Goodison Park.
However, Everton have the finances to chase an alternative of equal ability, and one possible candidate could be Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey.
The Blues, nor any other club, are yet to move for Bailey though and having seemingly missed out on Malcom, Everton should now go all out for the 20-year-old.
Bailey – dangerous on both flanks – is capable of dribbling and breezing past full-backs and has a very powerful shot on him.
The Jamaican is also becoming a threat from dead-ball situations and, overall, would be an upgrade on Everton’s current crop of wingers.
Bayer Leverkusen are likely to demand a very high fee, while Chelsea’s interest cannot be ignored, but Bailey is a player that Everton should pursue, especially with Malcom Roma bound.