Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has denied his club’s interest in Bordeaux winger Malcom giving Arsenal a boost if they are still interested in signing him.
Despite seemingly confirming Bayern’s interest in Malcom earlier this month, Heynckes now claims he’s never personally watched the 21-year-old in action.
“I have never seen him play,” Heynckes said during a press conference on Friday, reports Goal. “Therefore, I am not able give an opinion on him.
“But I don’t think there is interest here. He always gets put into the shopping window but nobody really goes after him.”
Although the 72-year-old’s comments seem vague so I would take them with a pinch of salt, it does at least appear that Malcom will be leaving Bordeaux in the summer.
Jupp Heynckes has confirmed Bayern Munich's Malcom interest to SportBild: "I know little about the player, but he's certainly in the focus of our scouting section – and many other players as well. Brazzo has very clear ideas there, he is driving forward the plans." #FCB
— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) March 7, 2018
In January, the winger revealed that he and the Ligue 1 club had an agreement in place. If he stayed at the club for the remainder of the season, snubbing interest from Arsenal and Spurs, then he would be allowed to leave in the summer.
Although the club’s president, Stephane Martin, denied this, manager Gus Poyet appeared to later confirm the player’s exit in an interview with Marca.
I wouldn’t put my money on Malcom signing for Arsenal, however. If he’s going anywhere in the Premier League, I imagine it’ll be Spurs.
Arsenal did appear genuinely interested in the winger in January, but Bordeaux were reportedly demanding £50m – far too much for such a young player – so we quickly pulled out, leaving our north London rivals to sign the 21-year-old if they wanted.
They didn’t. At least not in January…
Manchester United have also been linked but I wouldn’t rule Bayern out quite yet.