Malcom Is Preferred Option To Replace Sanchez
Arsenal Face Battle Over Young Brazilian
Arsenal are preparing for life without Alexis Sanchez with the Chilean almost certain to be sold before the end of this month.
Sanchez is out of contract at the end of the season and the Gunners are resigned to the fact that he won’t be signing a new deal with the club. Manchester City are the favourites to win the race for his signature though as we reported yesterday Manchester United and also Liverpool are said to be interested.
But Arsenal want to recruit a replacement before selling Sanchez. Bordeaux winger Malcom is believed to be Arsene Wenger’s choice. However, the Gunners may have to pay around €50million (£44million) to land the Brazilian.
Reports from France claim that Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on the 20-year-old. But Bordeaux are unlikely to sanction a January exit for Malcom. They prefer a summer sale. Arsenal want a deal done this month.
The situation is further complicated by the ownership of the Brazilian. He was bought by Bordeaux from the Brazilian side Corinthians in the January transfer window of 2016.
But the French club only own 50 percent of his economic rights. They paid €5million to Corinthians who themselves only owned 30 percent of Malcom at the time of his sale. In January 2016 the remainder was owned by an investment company (40 percent) and two agents who each owned 15 percent. It is not known who relinquished some or all of their rights at the time of the 2016 sale.
The presence of Paris Saint-Germain in the running is likely to push up Malcom’s price. Manchester United have also been linked.
Arsenal failed to sell Sanchez to Manchester City at the end of August because they didn’t have a replacement lined up. Their agreed transfer deal of €100million (at the time worth £92million) for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar collapsed after he was persuaded to stay by the Ligue 1 club. They look like having similar problems this time.
Manchester City are looking to pay only around £20million for Sanchez. Arsenal want £40million. Expect a compromise of around £25-30million – if the deal goes ahead.