Paper Talk: Arsenal close on deal to take Barcelona flop on loan

Date published: Sunday 21st October 2018 9:01

Malcom Barcelona

Arsenal are close to reaching agreement over a loan swoop for an unsettled Barcelona star, while Manchester City are weighing up a January approach for a £40m Tottenham and Man Utd target, according to Sunday’s newspapers.



Arsenal are closing on a loan move for Barcelona flop Malcom in January, according to various reports on Sunday.

Both the Daily Star Sunday and the Sunday Express claim the Brazilian – who moved to the Nou Camp at the start of the season in a £40m switch from Bordeaux – is the subject of genuine interest from the Gunners, who are looking to add more natural width to their attack in January.

Malcom moved to Barcelona after rejecting Roma at the 11th hour, while there was also interest from the Premier League in the shape of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.

But after the player reportedly expressed his frustration with life on the Barcelona bench – he has figured in just 25 minutes so far this season – it seems Barca are willing to let him move on loan for the second half of the season.

Spanish newspaper Sport suggests Arsenal can soon tie up an agreement for Malcom, which will be agreed at the back end of the January window and assuming his first-team prospects at Barcelona don’t improve by then.


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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is trying to convince the club’s board to fund a move for a central defender in January and is keen on Napoli’s Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly (Sunday Times)

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Manchester City are refusing to blink over Raheem Sterling’s contract demands – increasing fears the England winger will leave next summer (Sunday Mirror)


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Real Madrid are ready to make a January move for Sterling (Sunday Express)

Bill Kenwright wants to bring together billionaires Farhad Moshiri and Alister Usmanov at Everton (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham have extended their stadium loan to £500m to cover the rising costs of the delayed construction (Mail on Sunday)

Nikola Milenkovic has emerged as Manchester United’s top Serbian target – ahead of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Daily Star Sunday)

Antonio Conte has edged a step closer to becoming the new Real Madrid manager (Daily Star Sunday)

Chelsea are set to make Eden Hazard the highest-paid player in the Premier League after he signalled that he is ready to end his career at Stamford Bridge (Sunday Express)

Tottenham are lining up a shock move for Blackburn midfielder Bradley Dack after impressive scouting reports (Sunday Express)


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