However, Malcom is now definitely leaving the French club this summer, and has confirmed his departure in an interview with Brazilian outlet UOL. (Translation courtesy of Sky because I don’t Portuguese)
“Yes, there was a promise that I will be negotiating in June. I will choose the team, and Bordeaux will let me go.
“I already said that I would have liked to leave this winter to meet new challenges. But I must also remember that Bordeaux helped me a lot. I gave my word to Bordeaux that I will continue [with the club] to be able to have more time to choose my future club.
”These next three or four months will make a big difference.”
Malcom was a major target for both Spurs and Arsenal, but neither club actually landed him after Bordeaux’s president hired Gus Poyet as their new manager with a condition that he wouldn’t sell Malcom in January.
The question now becomes less “is Malcom for sale” and more “do Spurs need him”. With the signing of Lucas, Spurs now have now ostensibly filled the role of fast-direct-dribbly-guy on the squad. Spurs now have Christian Eriksen, Dele, Son Heung-Min, Erik Lamela, Lucas, and Moussa Sissoko in their attacking midfield stable, which seems like a pretty solid group of players for those 2-4 positions. It makes me wonder if Spurs will go back in for Malcom this summer at all.
If they do, it could be because Mauricio Pochettino sees Malcom as the heir apparent to someone that could be on his way out of the club, either through sale (o hai Sissoko) or injury (sob Lamela). But there are other areas of the club that need more attention at this point than attacking midfield, and Malcom will want to go to a club where he can feature right away. That doesn’t look like it’s Spurs.
Malcom is a pretty amazing talent, but it kind of looks like Spurs have made their decision. We’ll have to see if these links pop back up in the summer.