Bayern Munich have jumped ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for a £45million Ligue 1 winger, while a shock name has emerged to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea, all in Sunday’s papers.
BAYERN LEAD NORTH LONDON DUO IN RACE FOR BRAZILIAN
Bayern Munich have reportedly jumped ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal in the race to sign Bordeaux’s highly-rated winger Malcom, who they want to replace veteran Franck Ribery.
The north London giants both made moves for the highly-rated 20-year-old in January but Bordeaux stood firm and refused to sell due to their struggles in Ligue 1.
The Brazilian is, however, expected to move on in the summer, with a fee of around £45million being mooted.
It would appear though that Malcom will not be heading to the Premier League after Bundesliga giants Bayern emerged as the favourites to land the player, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror.
Bayern are looking for long-term successors to Ribery and Arjen Robben, although the latter is expected to be handed a new deal before the end of the season.
As for Malcom, Bordeaux boss Gus Poyet – a former Tottenham favourite – admits that his star man will move on “sooner or later”.
At this stage it would appear that Spurs are more likely than Arsenal to try and rival Bayern for the youngster, although they did bring in Lucas Moura from PSG in January and are still being strongly tipped to sign Fulham wide man Ryan Sessegnon this summer.
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Jose Mourinho has hinted Scott McTominay is set to snub England’s advances and pledge his international career to Scotland (Sunday Mirror)
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