Tottenham Hotspur have repeatedly been linked with a move for Malcom in recent years. Interest reportedly emerged prior to his move to Barcelona, and his underwhelming spell in Catalonia has done nothing to dispel those rumours.
It remains to be seen whether the Brazilian sensation has a long-term future at the Nou Camp, but a recent report from Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo seems to suggest that Barcelona are willing to cash in if the price is right.
The report claims that an offer of at least €50 million (£43.05 million) will be needed to secure his services.
With that in mind, Football FanCast writers have been debating whether Daniel Levy should fork out for the 22-year-old in the summer…
“Absolutely. The Lilywhites have failed miserably in finding an adequate deputy for Harry Kane, so they should focus on strengthening the positions around their talisman. €50m is a lot of money for a youngster with just one impressive season under his belt, but the fans need some excitement after two consecutive dry transfer windows, and what’s more exciting than signing a skilful Brazilian wonderkid who can play anywhere across the attack?”
“They shouldn’t. While Malcom impressed for Bordeaux, he simply hasn’t delivered at a bigger club and that would surely be a worry for Tottenham – especially if they are forking out big money. Spurs need an attacker who can deliver on a consistent basis, and it’s difficult to see the Brazilian being able to do that. The north London club signed Lucas Moura from PSG previously following an impressive spell in France, but ultimately he has failed to deliver what would have been expected. Malcom could easily be another Lucas Moura.”
“Spurs should steer clear of a £43m move for Malcom. The Brazilian has done little in Europe to merit such a fee, and he appeared to be a panic buy from Barcelona at the time of his move. Apart from one decent season with Bordeaux, there is little proof that the forward is capable of consistently delivering good performances – for such a huge fee, that money can be better spent elsewhere for Spurs, most notably on a new right-back.”
“He set France alight when he was at Bordeaux but it hasn’t quite worked out for him at Barcelona. While there is no doubting his ability, Spurs have depth in that position and that sum could put a huge dent in their budget if Daniel Levy remains tight-fisted, so no – he is far too much of a risk to take.”