Malcolm in the Middle
In the midst of transfer season, the race is on for just who will get their hands on Barcelona winger, Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira. The young Brazilian has become a sought-after selection for several Premier League clubs; namely Arsenal and Everton. The Gunners had set their sights on the 22-year-old but The Toffees have since made their interest known and recently placed a £31.5 million bid for the player.
Everton previously entered into a transfer battle with Malcolm last summer when he was playing with Bordeaux. Malcolm rejected the offer and headed over to Barcelona, a decision he most likely regretted. His performance with the Catalan club left little to be desired with the winger only scoring 4 goals during the season. It was his spell at Bordeaux that really showed the world just what he could do. No doubt, his stint with The Girondins will be the reason for his demand.
Everton have already made a name for themselves in taking on Catalan players. As the Toffees have already bought three ex Barcelona players; Lucas Dinge, Yerry Mina and Andrew Gomes, it seems that Everton would be an ideal home for Malcolm.
Although only spending one season with the team, Barcelona have confirmed that they would want to release Malcolm permanently rather than on loan. This would have come as difficult news for Arsenal. The Gunners are struggling this transfer season as Unai Emery only has around £45 million to spare. The reason for this is down the club failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League. With the team yet to make a bid, they will need to make a move quickly if they are serious about securing the Brazilian star.
Having failed to impress at Camp Nou, a move to Goodison Park could be the perfect chance for Malcolm to revive his career and give us the magic he created at Bordeaux. Watch this space to see what final decision is made!
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