Fulham are readying an ambitious move for Bordeaux winger Malcom, according to a Sun report this afternoon.
The Premier League newcomers already shocked the world of European football by bringing in the highly-rated French midfielder Jean-Michael Seri from Nice last week and it appears their big spending is not about to stop. The Whites are ready to rival Italian giants Inter Milan and are confident about their chances of signing the 21 year-old on a permanent basis.
Inter had made Malcom one of their main summer transfer targets and have already put together an offer to take the Brazilian to Italy, initially on loan, with an option to turn that deal into a permanent move worth around £26.5m. Inter are ready to tempt Malcom into the move with a five-year contract, but Fulham are preparing to offer the former Corinthians star a taste of the Premier League.
Fulham are putting together a bid to buy Malcom on a permanent basis, although it remains to be seen whether they are willing to match Bordeaux’s £45m valuation of their winger up front. Slavisa Jokanovic is known to covet pace in attack and the Whites are seeking further options on the right side of their front three, given that French forward Aboubakar Kamara ended up filling that position during their crunch Championship play-off games. He can also play as an attacking midfielder, which could interest Fulham, who currently have very little cover for their Scottish international skipper.
Malcom, who was on the January target list for North London giants Arsenal and Tottenham and has been linked with a possible move to Manchester United over the past month, is reportedly open to moving to England, should Fulham’s wage package stack up. It is thought that the Londoners’ ability to make Seri the club’s highest-ever paid player last week shows that they would be willing to present the Brazilian winger with an attractive offer.
Malcom, who starred as Corinthians won the 2015 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A championship, has scored 23 goals in 96 appearances for Bordeaux, including 12 goals in 38 appearances for Gus Poyet’s side last term. He was part of the Brazilian Under-20 side that were runners-up at the World Cup three years ago and would certainly transform Fulham’s attacking options should their audacious bid prove successful.