• News

Barcelona set to decide Malcolm future

Getty Images

Malcolm arrived at Camp Nou from Bordeaux last summer under a cloud of controversy and is set for a rather swift exit from the club.

It was quite surprising to find out that Malcolm had chosen to sign for Barcelona. The Brazilian was heavily linked with a move to Italian side AS Roma. However, Barcelona hijacked the move at the last minute.

It was a sorry state of affairs indeed. Roma fans have queued up at the airport to greet the player but Barcelona did something that was unbecoming of such a prestigious club.

However, it was clearly a pointless act since Malcolm has been an abject failure. The former Girondin de Bordeaux winger made only six league starts and struggled throughout the campaign. Despite that, Malcolm is actually willing to stay at the club according to Mundo Deportivo.

Barcelona however, feel differently. The reigning La Liga champions are open to selling the player this summer. Clearly the winger has no place in the team and Valverde would rather move for a different option for next season.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the player. The Gunners were interested last summer as well but nothing happened.

This time around however, there is interest from England. Arsenal are once again interested in Malcolm but now they have to compete with bitter rivals Tottenham. Spurs are keen on adding more creativity to their ranks and believe Malcolm to be one of the many solutions.

Although Unai Emery would want the player to come to Emirates, the operation could prove tricky. With the Londoners unable to offer Champions League football unlike their rivals, Malcolm might choose to go Tottenham.

And under Mauricio Pochettino, he might even have a great chance to resurrect a career that threatens to obscure in mediocrity sooner than it began.