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    Tottenham & Liverpool target Malcom to complete Serie A move ‘next week’

    In-demand Bordeaux starlet Malcom is ‘expected’ to make the move to Italian outfit Inter Milan next week, according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

    Prodigious talent

    Malcom, a 21-year-old Brazilian U23 international, was thrown into the limelight in a major way upon the opening of the winter transfer market this past January, after a stellar first half of the season in Ligue 1.

    The versatile attacker, who can play on either wing or in a more central role, racked up 12 goals and 7 assists in 35 appearances (32 starts) in the French top-flight this past season, with his seering pace, hammer of a left foot and penchant for the spectacular having led to links with some of European football’s biggest clubs.

    North London battle

    In England, all of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham were named as having expressed an interest in Malcom, though it was the latter duo who emerged as the clear leading contenders for his signature towards the close of the transfer window in January.

    Reports had suggested that Spurs were closing in on a deal with Bordeaux which would have seen Malcom signed immediately, but remain in France for the remainder of the season, though such rumours were eventually proven to be wide of the mark.

    As such, Mauricio Pochettino’s men opted to bring in Lucas Moura from PSG instead.

    Arsenal, meanwhile, switched their attentions to securing an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, though the Gunners have nevertheless continued to be linked with a move for Malcom this summer.

    Italy bound

    However, as was first revealed by highly-reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio two weeks ago, Malcom looks set to snub a move to the Premier League this summer, having instead given his word to Serie A giants Inter Milan over a move to the San Siro.

    Di Marzio noted that Malcom views Inter as the ideal environment to continue his growth as a player, and that the Brazilian ‘said yes’ to a move to the Nerazzurri during a meeting between the parties on the 4th of June, despite proposals from all of Liverpool, PSG and Borussia Dortmund.

    And, as per the aforementioned report from La Gazzetta Dello Sport this morning, Malcom has indeed given the green light to a move to Milan, though a fee has not yet been agreed upon between Inter and Bordeaux.

    Nevertheless, the Italian daily claim that Les Girondins are very much open to parting with their prized asset, with a deal expected to be struck between the two clubs by the 29th of June.

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