Borussia Dortmund are negotiating a deal with Barcelona to sign Brazilian misfit Malcom, who could reportedly cost up to €42 million.
In what has already been an eventful transfer window, Borussia Dortmund, it seems, are keen to make yet another coup in the market in the shape of Malcom. According to Goal.com, the Black and Yellows are in talks with Barcelona over the potential transfer of the Brazilian winger, who is valued at around €42 million.
Malcom arrived from Bordeaux for a fee of €41 million last summer. And after a disappointing debut campaign, it is believed that the Catalans are ready to offload the winger by making a solitary €1 million profit.
Dortmund’s recent interest in Malcom, however, would serve as a massive blow for Arsenal and Everton. Both the sides were linked with a move for the 22-year-old of late. But, at the same time, it’s a huge boost for Manchester United as the winger’s potential arrival at the Signal Iduna Park can be considered as a contingency plan, should Dortmund sell Jadon Sancho.
Indeed, the last season’s Bundesliga runners up have a stacked attacking department, having already roped in Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard this summer. Although the likes of Andre Schurrle and Maximilian Philipp have been linked with an exit, head coach Lucien Favre will have a plethora of attacking options at his disposal in the upcoming season.
And the attacking depth could be further strengthened by the addition of Malcom, which, in fairness, is an unnecessary move by the club unless they are planning for the exit of one of their key attackers.
Sancho is by far the likeliest candidate. The English international has become one of the world’s most sought-after attackers following an incredible 2018/19 campaign. As a result, he has attracted the interest of a host of top clubs across Europe, including Manchester United.
The 19-year-old is a guaranteed starter for BVB in the right-wing slot while Brandt, who prefers playing on the left is likely to become a first-team regular next season. That means Malcom will be considered as no more than a benchwarmer should he join Dortmund this summer. But, in the long term, the Brazilian could turn out to be a like for like replacement in the event of Sancho’s potential exit from Ruhrpott.
As for Barcelona, getting rid of Malcom for a fee of €42 million will allow them to fund a move for the return of Neymar. Hence, they are the clear winners in this deal.