Cast your mind back to this past summer when Spurs were heavily linked with Brazilian winger Malcom, then at Bordeaux. He didn’t sign with Spurs, obviously, and ended up signing for Barcelona, becoming their most expensive summer signing at €40m. He was then promptly sidelined, playing a grand total of 363 minutes for Barca this season, and you can generously say that he’s not in Ernesto Valverde’s plans.
Enter Spanish daily Sport, which is now reporting as of this morning that Barca is willing to let him already go this month, and that his agents are currently in negotiations with... you guessed it, Tottenham Hotspur. The report states that the transfer would initially be a six month loan, but that Spurs would compete a permanent signing this summer. The report goes as far to say that Malcom “probably” will be wearing lilywhite by the end of the month.
OK, look — there are lots of reasons not to believe this story, starting with the fact that it’s coming from what is basically a Spanish sports tabloid. I get that. The Tottenham rumors have exploded in the past few days now that Harry Kane is out for probably at least a month with an ankle injury and Son Heung-Min is busy in UEA with the South Korean national team.
Another possible issue could center around agent fees. Daniel Levy HATES them, and they are likely to be substantial in a hypothetical transfer such as this one. You’d expect Levy to drive a hard bargain, and if Barca are really willing to let Malcom go already, there would be no shortage of suitors for his signature.
That said, holy smokes, yes — let’s sign him. He might have never gotten a chance at Barca, but he’s basically still the same player that we were all excited about last summer. He’s 21 years old, fast, direct, and positionally flexible. Pochettino apparently loved this kid, and it’s not hard to think that he could start out at Spurs by filling the Kane-shaped absence in the starting lineup, and could eventually become a part of the regular rotation in the Lucas Moura mold. It’s possible that Spurs could even negotiate a price below what Barca paid for him, and even at cost, £35m is a steal for a young player of Malcom’s caliber.
And if you want to hang your hat on something, consider this tweet from Ben Pearce:
#thfc From what I'm told, Spurs have no intention of recruiting a striker on a short-term deal and a loan signing in any position would only be considered with a view to a permanent transfer. https://t.co/e59eBqduHg— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) January 17, 2019
ALL THE THINKY FACE EMOJI.
Imagine a Venn diagram with circles for “players who want out of their clubs,” “attackers,” and “willing to accept a loan.” Malcom is in the middle,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, of that diagram.
I’ll see myself out.