Deal Done – Malcom release picture in Arsenal Jersey

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According to transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal has initiated contact with Bordeaux starlet Malcom’s representative as they step up their interest in the Brazilian.

With Alexis Sanchez’s contract with the Gunners set to expire in the summer, the likelihood of him vacating the Emirates is seemingly growing.

In turn, they’ll need to replace him to avoid a continual drop in play. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal has met with his agents outside of Bordeaux, while he worth around €50m.

The 20-year-old must be doing something right, as the Metro note how Manchester United and Tottenham are also interested, and his form this season would certainly have attracted more attention.

Malcom has found the net seven times and provided five assists in 21 games for the Ligue 1 side, and so while he still has plenty to prove and a lot of development in his game, he’s shown promising early signs.

Naturally, the upgrade to the Premier League will be a completely different challenge, but depending on how the negotiation proceeds, he could be tasked with being an important figure at Arsenal moving forward.

Losing Sanchez is going to be a huge blow, as although he hasn’t replicated his top form this season, last year he showed that he can be a talismanic figure for the Gunners up front.

In turn, seeing him leave and potentially move to a rival club on a free transfer this summer will be painful for many supporters, and so it’s down to the club to get the right  replacement and continue to rebuild the squad in order to ensure that it’s capable of challenging for honours and reaching their objectives moving forward.