Arsenal target Malcom starts in Bordeaux loss

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But maybe not! A report in Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte says that Spurs are now favorites to sign the 20-year old Brazilian youth global, who has scored 7 goals and tallied 5 assists at Bordeaux this season, and that Arsenal have backed off on his pursuit. Tottenham are expected to outlay €40m (£35m) plus €10m in add-ons for the highly-rated forward, which will see him sign a deal with the Premier League club but remain on loan with his current employers until the end of the season. You could equally argue that Arsenal are stepping back from Malcom to focus their efforts on bringing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund and Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United.

Malcom has caught the eye of Arsenal and his agents were reportedly spotted in London to discuss a deal as the Premier League club seek a replacement for wantaway Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez.

UOL Esporte claims that Malcom held talks with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino this week who detailed his plan to turn the winger into one of European football's biggest stars in the space of three years.

Liverpool and Tottenham are also interested in the Brazilian.

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It is understood that Pochettino is a big fan of Malcom's abilities and would like to sign him at the earliest. I think he is available.

Bordeaux criticised the players, who now face sanctions from the club, for a lack of "maturity, solidarity and respect".

The 20-year-old wrote that the group had wanted "to send news to those close to us and show the winter weather in Bordeaux".

Malcom joined Bordeaux in January 2016, scoring 18 goals in all competitions during his two-year spell in France.

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