Everton make approach for Brazilian winger Malcom
Out of favour Brazilian footballer Malcom is wanted by Everton, with the Toffees ready to take the player on loan for the 2019/20 season with the option to buy the player at the end of the campaign. It is understood that the former Bordeaux man is desperate to move to England, having had an unsuccessful spell at Barcelona since his move to La Liga from Ligue 1 last summer.
Malcom is considered one of the best young players in Europe at this time, as demonstrated in Ligue 1 while at Bordeaux. Back then the Brazilian had been linked with a host of English sides, but instead opted to transfer to Spain with the Nou Camp side Barca. One year on, the player has found first team opportunity limited behind the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, thus the forward is seeking a new opportunity elsewhere.
As earlier reported, it is understood that Everton have offered to take Malcom on loan for one season for a fee of around 7 million euros, but will then eventually pay a transfer fee of 55 million euros next season if the Brazilian impresses. Manager Marco Silva will ensure that Everton have first option on the player next summer so that they can sign the Brazilian permanently ahead of likely competition from other sides.
The 22-year-old is even less likely to play for Barca due to the arrival of Antoine Griezmann from Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid, meanwhile Neymar is reportedly locked in transfer talks regarding a return to Barcelona from his current club Paris St Germain. Both arrivals mean that the career of Malcom at the Nou Camp is effectively over.
Everton hope to use their excellent relationship with the Catalan club to swoop for Malcom. Everton have already secured a deal this summer for Andre Gomes, who in a similar method to this proposed transfer deal, signed Andre Gomes on a temporary basis before executing a permanent transfer for the midfielder.
In addition, Everton have a reported transfer fund of 150 million euros to spend on new players, with manager Marco Silva hoping that Malcom will follow the likes of Fabian Delph to move to Goodison Park, as the club seek to end a blight of silverware in recent seasons. According to 888sports Everton are odds on to secure Malcolm’s signature.