Tottenham Hotspur are finally looking to loosen the purse strings and swoop-in for Barcelona wide-man Malcom, according to Spanish media.
The Brazilian has had a frustrating start to his Barcelona career after signing from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux for £36 million last summer.
After an impressive 2017/18 season at the French club, the 21-year-old secured a dream move to the La Liga champions.
Malcom featured in 35 league games for Bordeaux, where he netted 12 times and set-up seven.
This season has been a different story for the Brazilian, though. He’s not yet to reach 100 playing minutes in La Liga for the club, across five games.
According to Mundo Deportivo Spurs, who are yet to make a formal approach, have been joined by Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in wanting to make a move for the forward.
Malcom only joined Barca in the summer. Image: FC Barcelona
The winger has yet to feature for his national side, but at the age of 21, he still has his best years to come.
Tottenham may struggle to find goals in the upcoming weeks following Harry Kane’s expected time on the sideline through injury. Son Heung-min is also out of the picture until at least the start of February due to international commitments with South Korea at the Asian Cup.
Spurs currently find themselves in a healthy third position in the Premier League, just four points off second placed Manchester City. But without investment in the coming weeks – and Kane out for some time – they may find that position hard to defend, with any title charge likely ruled out.
Kane was injured in the recent 1-0 loss to Manchester United. Image: PA Images
Malcom’s move to Barcelona in the summer was not without its controversy. The Brazilian was looking likely to move to Italian side Roma, who had an agreement with the player, but the La Liga champions but a late bid in for him and signed the player instead.
It’ll no doubt be frustrating to him that he has had so little football after making that choice when he’d likely have been a first choice starter at the Stadio Olimpico.
Arsenal are also said to be interested in a player they’ve been linked with in the past but Unai Emery is unlikely to have any funds for players in the January transfer window.