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According to RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi, Everton will send an offer in excess of €35m (£31.4m) to Barcelona in a bid to bring Malcom to the club.
#Everton va transmettre une offre dépassant les 35M€ pour #Malcom. Marco Silva a fait de l’ancien bordelais sa priorité. #Arsenal est à l’affût. Les Gunners discutent avec l’entourage du joueur mais n’ont toujours pas transmis d’offre. #RMCsport
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) July 8, 2019
Well, the tweet from Bouhafsi states that Toffees boss Marco Silva sees the Brazilian winger as a ‘priority’ signing this summer.
Arsenal have also been linked with the former Bordeaux forward, and have been in discussions with the player’s entourage – no official offer has been submitted by the Gunners as of yet.
The 22-year-old didn’t feature much for Barcelona last season, making just 15 La Liga appearances whilst scoring one goal and recording two assists.
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He has endured something of a nightmare spell at the Camp Nou since arriving last summer, struggling for game time – Malcom has made just 24 appearances in total.
Everton have also been linked with a move for Ajax sensation David Neres.
Judging by Malcom’s stats last season for Barcelona in comparison to Neres’ for Ajax, you could argue that the latter is far better.
Eight goals and eight assists in the league compared to Malcom’s one goal and two assists doesn’t bode well for the Barcelona No.14, but that was whilst he was struggling for game-time.
In his last season at Bordeaux, Malcom shone and outperformed Neres’ fantastic campaign last term by some distance.
In Ligue 1, a division that UEFA’s European league coefficient rankings suggests is a higher standard than the Eredivisie, Malcom hit 12 goals and seven assists in his breakthrough year, whilst having 2.1 shots per game, making 2.5 key passes per game, 2.7 dribbles per game and winning a huge 2.6 fouls per game from 35 appearances.
To compare that with Neres’ 2018/19 campaign – his own breakout year – the 22-year-old hit eight goals and eight assists, had 1.7 shots per game, made 1.1 key passes per game, 1.8 dribbles per game and was fouled once per game on average in 29 appearances.
These numbers show that Malcom can perform much better when given a consistent run of game time in a league that is supposedly tougher than the Dutch top-flight, and reinforces the fact that Malcom may be a better option in the market for Everton instead of Neres.