Malcom claims that Bordeaux have promised him a move in June.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham were heavily linked with Malcom in January and the Brazilian press are still reporting that a move to either club could be on the cards after the winger’s latest comments.
“I’ve already said that I wanted to leave to pursue new objectives,” Malcom told Brazilian outlet UOL.
“But I also have to remember that Bordeaux helped me a lot. I gave them my word that I would continue to have more time to think about which club I will play for. Those three or four months will make a lot of difference.”
“Yes, there’s a promise that I will be negotiated in June. I will choose the team, and Bordeaux will let me go.”
According to Goal at the time, Bordeaux were demanding €50m, or £44.4m, for the 20-year-old, which neither north London side was willing to cough up.
Officially though, the Ligue 1 side always insisted they weren’t willing to sell the forward in January.
Arsenal turned their full attention to completing their swap deal with Manchester United for Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Alexis Sanchez went the other way, and then Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
During the final days of the January transfer window, Spurs were the main club in the frame to sign Malcom.
But the Lily-Whites ended up signing Lucas Moura from PSG instead.
It’s unclear whether Spurs or Arsenal would be interested in signing Malcom now they’ve secured other players.
Arsene Wenger has a pretty strong squad now, especially in attack, so it’s unlikely that he will return for another winger in the summer. Although he might surprise us.
That’s if he’s even still manager at that point.
Meanwhile, Spurs have signed Moura, but the 25-year-old tends to play on the right, whereas Malcom often features on the left or up front, so there’s still room for the youngster in their squad.
According to Sport Witness, Spurs’ interest in the young Brazilian depends on the futures of Erik Lamela and Georges-Kévin N’Koudou.
Malcom, who’s contract with Bordeaux runs out in June 2021, has scored eight goals and provided seven assists in 27 appearances this season.
Transfermarkt now value him at €30m, or £26.6m, but considering Bordeaux were allegedly asking for almost £45m in January, I doubt he’ll be this cheap.