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Why Malcom must leave Bordeaux now

Saturday 21st July 2018

Even though we are still in July and fresh off the World Cup, several big-name players have already moved to new teams. Here's a short list.

Player From To
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Juventus
Fred Shakhtar Donetsk Manchester United
Fabinho Monaco Liverpool
Paulinho Barcelona Guangzhou Evergrande
Jack Wilshire Arsenal West Ham
Riyad Mahrez Leicester  Manchester City
Xherdan Shaqiri Stoke Liverpool
Alisson Becker AS Roma Liverpool

 

And we still have five to six weeks left to ensure even more madness!

 

One name that has not gotten the attention many expected is Malcom. The 21-year-old winger has been one of the hottest names in the European rumour mill. At one point, it seemed as though every team in Europe wanted him. He was linked with Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez's replacement, with Liverpool to fill the void left by Philippe Coutinho, and Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all allegedly wanted him, too. It was Malcom in the middle.

Somewhere along the way, things changed. Now, Malcom seems to be nothing more than an afterthought. Liverpool are out of the race to sign him Shaqiri's arrival. Real Madrid are thought to be looking for a marquee player to replace Ronaldo. Bayern Munich could be interested, but their priority is  Ante Rebic. Who knows what Chelsea wants?

Roma and Inter Milan are now the biggest candidates to sign him, if he decides to leave France in the first place. It’s one thing to leave Bordeaux to join a top Premier League side, another to join a team that does not have a realistic chance to fight for their league title. Does anyone think any Serie A side has a shot at dethroning Juventus now that the Old Lady added Ronaldo?

The biggest question now is whether he will leave Bordeaux? The answers is a clear probably. Nothing is certain in such a crazy market, but Malcom has nothing left to do at Bordeaux. He can either move to a bigger club in France, or try his luck somewhere else. What can Bordeaux offer to a 21-year-old who is already tipped to be one of the best wingers in the world other than a purple shirt that hides stains well?

The numbers don’t lie. Malcom has been nothing short of magnificent since joining Bordeaux in 2016 from his native Corinthians. He has scored 20 goals with 13 assists in 84 matches. That is a decent return considering he joined the side when he was 19 years old. He has all the time in the world to develop. He is years away from his peak. No European team should be scared by a potentially inflated prize tag. Players like Malcom end up being bargains in only a few years.

We don’t know what is going to happen with the Brazilian, but there is time in this window to force a move. Playing another year at Bordeaux could bolster his value, but he has already convinced. He has done everything he could have in the wine country. It's time to take the next step.

Juan Pablo Aravena

29-year-old sports analyst and journalist with over three years of experience in the industry. Writes about all kinds of sports from football to golf, but there is no question his biggest passion in life is football. Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Colo Colo fan.


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