Arsenal are increasing efforts to sign a replacement before they allow Alexis Sanchez to depart.
The Chilean international is thought to be close to finalising a deal with Manchester City, though whether he joins Pep Guardiola’s side now for north of £25m or in the summer on a free transfer depends almost entirely on the Gunners’ ability to find a replacement.
To that end, the Times are reporting on Wednesday that Arsenal are in talks to sign highly-rated Bordeaux winger Malcom. The 20-year-old is seen as one of the brightest prospects in Europe and with the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United also credited as having an interest, Arsene Wenger will be looking to get in there ahead of his rivals.
Bordeaux signed Malcom for an undisclosed fee from Corinthians in January. Since then he has scored 15 goals in 67 Ligue 1 games (including seven in 18 this season) and there has been tentative speculation that his form could see him stake a clam for inclusion in Tite’s Brazil World Cup squad at the end of this season.
The report suggests that Arsenal will meet with the player’s representatives, but agreeing a fee with Bordeaux might be more of an issue. The French side apparently value him around £45m and given the interest that other clubs have in the player, the club are unlikely to relent too far on that asking price.
Sanchez, meanwhile, seemingly edges closer to the Emirates exit door with every passing day. The chances of the 29-year-old signing a new deal at the Emirates are virtually non-existent, and it only remains to be seen if he joins Man City in January or June.