Spurs, Liverpool back in hunt as €40m Barcelona forward seeks exit

Barcelona forward Malcom is trying to force through an early exit from the LaLiga club, according to reports.

Malcom only joined Barcelona in the summer, but has managed just 25 minutes of competitive action so far, and now it’s suggested his representatives are already trying to force a transfer away from the club.

Roma had agreed a deal to sign him from Bordeaux in the summer, and he was ready to fly to Italy before the French club accepted a last-minute higher bid from Barcelona instead. Now, according to two Italian sources, the Brazilian winger could be on the verge of a move to another Serie A club.

Calciomercato and CalcioNews24 claim that Malcom’s representatives have made contact with Inter Milan to negotiate a deal. Inter were also heavily linked with Malcom in the summer, but it is understood that they are not interested in the 21-year-old any more.

However, it’s claimed that will force Malcom to set his sights on the Premier League instead, having been linked with a host of English clubs in the past.

Prior to his move to Barcelona, there were rumours of interest from Tottenham and Liverpool, while Fulham were also linked with an ambitious bid.

Barca have confirmed their intentions to strengthen their central defence in January, with one Liverpool star emerging as a shock target.

Although quiet on Malcom’s future, president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Marca of their hunt for a new defender: “We’ll be on the lookout for a centre-back in the market. It’s bad luck that two of the four we have have gotten injured.

“We have a B team and this could translate into an opportunity for them.

“We’ll have to see what happens.”

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However, the club are also being tipped to launch an ambitious swoop for Roberto Firmino in summer 2019 and there are some suggestions that his fellow Brazilian Malcom could be used as some sort of bargaining chip in their efforts to recruit.

 

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