Reports suggest that Chelsea have held talks with the agent of Bordeaux’s highly rated winger Malcolm ahead of a move estimated at £44 million.
The 21-year-old attacker attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Spurs in the January transfer window although the Ligue 1 outfit maintained their stance not to sell the player at that point in the season.
However, reports have claimed that the former Corinthians star is available for a fee around £44m and Chelsea appear to be the present favorites to acquire the Brazilian. According to French newspaper Sud-Ouest, the winger’s agent Fernando Garcia has already met with the officials at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will still push for the move regardless of who comes in to replace Antonio Conte at the managerial helm of the club. Malcolm scored 12 goals and provided 7 assists in 35 Ligue 1 appearances for Bordeaux and has also been rated as one of the top talents in France.
The player had initially hinted on a move to the Premier League back in March as he revealed that he was learning English.
“I have learned the language very quickly, had no big troubles,” he said. ”French was much more difficult.
“So I would manage to live in England. But in the end I can integrate everywhere.”
The player hinted on his career ambitions in an interview with Sky Sports Germany, and has a contract with Bordeaux until 2021.
“I want to play for an elite club in Europe, win the Champions League and play for the Selecao,” Malcom said.
“When I play for a big club, my chances improve. I want to thank Bordeaux for everything.
“I am going to sit down with my agent and family. Together we will make a decision.”