In Focus: Tottenham will hope to beat Premier League rivals to Malcom this summer

According Brazilian media outlet UOL Esporte, Tottenham Hotspur have been given the green light to sign reported target Malcom, rated at £45m according to the Daily Mail last month, after he confirmed that Bordeaux have promised him that he will be able to leave this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Spurs were heavily linked with a move for the exciting winger during the January transfer window, but a deal never materialised as the Ligue 1 outfit were keen to hang on to the highly-rated 20-year-old.

However, the Brazilian’s latest comments via UOL Esporte suggest that the French club are ready to let him move on at the end of the season.

What did Malcom say?

The attacker said, as repoted by UOL Esporte: “Yes, there was a promise that I will be negotiating in June. I will choose the team, and Bordeaux will let me go.”

How has he done this season?

He has been excellent.

The 20-year-old has scored eight goals and provided a further six assists in 24 Ligue 1 outings, with his goals including a number of stunning long-range strikes.

The Brazilian likes to play on the right-hand side and cut in on to his left foot, and according to WhoScored.com he has made 56 key passes in the French top flight this term and successfully completed 63 of the 91 dribbles he has attempted.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

He certainly would be.

The winger is one of the most exciting young players in European football right now, and the potential he has means he would be a brilliant addition for the north London outfit.

Mauricio Pochettino has proven time and time again that he can develop and improve young talents, and Malcom is certainly one of those.

Will they get him?

They stand a good chance given they pushed hard for him in January, but with reports suggesting that Arsenal and Manchester United are all also interested, it could prove to be a big battle and perhaps even involve a bidding war.