Arsene Wenger has conceded Arsenal look unlikely to sign Bordeaux forward Malcom during the January transfer window.
The Gunners had been strongly linked with the player as a replacement for Theo Walcott, who on Wednesday completed a move to Everton.
However, with the Ligue 1 club insisting they had no received any approaches for the player, Wenger has now admitted a deal for the £40million-rated star look unlikely.
“I don’t think we are close to doing that,” Wenger said at Thursday’s press conference.
Asked again if there was a chance Malcom would join before the January window shuts, Wenger concluded: “I don’t think so, no.”
Wenger provides Wilshere deal talks update
Wenger also confirmed that negotiations over a new contract with Jack Wilshere were ongoing.
“We know what we want, we want him to stay, want him to extend,” Wenger added. “After that we have to satisfy a financial agreement with jack and that’s what we’re trying to do.”