Arsenal have been in the transfer window news off late, as the saga concerning Alexis Sanchez has been doing the rounds besides several other players linked in and out of the club.
It indeed seems a busy time for manager Arsene Wenger, as he looks to prepare for the exit of Sanchez, and is said to have identified his replacement. Bordeaux’s Brazilian winger Malcolm is believed to be Wenger’s number one choice.
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And it has been claimed that the member of the agency, who represent Malcom, was seen in London ahead of a potential move to the Emirates.
A member of the Elenko Sports team, an agency representing Bordeaux winger Malcom, posted this on Facebook last night from London. pic.twitter.com/D6koyQNVeo
— Get French Football (@GFFN) January 13, 2018
The 20-year-old could join Arsenal in a reported £45 million move. He has been impressive for the French club and has notched 18 goals in 78 appearances.
The player has a lot of pace and is clever on the ball, and given his age, he could go on to become a big Arsenal player in the years to come. The youngster started the Ligue 1 game on Saturday for his club, and made an assist to set up a goal for Gaetan Laborde in the first half.
Arsenal were interested in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar in the summer, but missed out on him on the transfer deadline day despite agreeing a mammoth £90 million fee. That, on the other hand, scuppered Sanchez’s £60 million move to City.
But the Chilean is on the verge of leaving the club this month, and is expected to join United instead, according to reports. With City not willing to match Arsenal’s new asking price, the superstar could seek refuge in Jose Mourinho’s side.
This, in turn, has made Arsenal very wary of recruiting an in-form player, and they feel Malcolm will bring in the spark needed.
Although a lot depends first on what Sanchez wants, and if he decides to leave the club in the summer and join City, then the Brazilian could be roped in then.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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