Barcelona have reportedly received a €65 million offer from an unnamed Chinese club for struggling Brazilian forward Malcom for a January move
According to a report by Spanish publication AS, Barcelona are considering an offer worth €65 million from an unnamed Chinese Super League club for Malcom. The struggling Brazilian forward has also been linked with a number of English clubs previously, most prominently Arsenal and Tottenham.
Malcom only joined Barcelona this past summer, leaving Bordeaux in a reported deal worth €41 million. The promising Brazilian winger was initially supposed to join AS Roma before the Spanish champions swooped in at the eleventh hour to secure his services.
The start to life at Camp Nou though, has been far from ideal for Malcom, who is yet to nail down a regular spot in Ernesto Valverde’s first-team setup, with injuries and an extended settling in period playing their roles in his slow acclimatisation at Barcelona. But, his situation has alerted a number of clubs.
Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly lining up a move to land the 21-year-old forward in the January transfer window, with both clubs keen on bolstering their wide areas. But, the North London rivals are not alone in pursuit of the Brazilian youngster, with an unnamed Chinese club also interested in his services.
The aforementioned club has tabled a bid worth €65 million to secure the services of Malcom. And, Barcelona are weighing up whether to sell the player just six months after he made his switch to Camp Nou, or if they should keep him and continue his development.
Malcom though, is refusing to act on the offer, with his entourage leaving the final decision to the La Liga champions. The Brazilian forward is maintaining that he is happy at Barcelona despite his slow progress at Camp Nou, with Valverde’s position being of a similar nature as well.
Either way, a sale merely half-a-season into buying the player makes little sense, especially with the Blaugrana being a little light on resources in attack. And so, even though Barcelona stand to make a €25 million profit on his sale, a move away from Camp Nou looks highly unlikely, especially in the January transfer window.
Still, it will be interesting to see if Barcelona decide to sell Malcom only a few months after buying him, and if the unnamed Chinese Super League club are willing to pay even more to land him, should their bid be rejected.