Brazil looks to have produced yet another wonderkid as the quality continues to steamroll out of the country.
Malcolm is the next superstar on the list of artful attackers that Brazil has manufactured and Chelsea and Barcelona are swiftly onto the tail of the 17-year-old in the hope that he can inject more ambition into their powerful squads, reports the Daily Mirror.
Whilst Chelsea have a huge Brazilian base at Stamford Bridge with players like Felipe Luis, Ramires, Willian and Oscar, Barcelona are also looking to increase their Brazilian qualities to help the forward follow in the successful footsteps of Dani Alves, Neymar and Rafinha to name a few.
But Jose Mourinho remains in the front seat to land the wonderkid who has scored twice in 25 appearances for Corinthians in the Brazilian equivalent to the Premier League, and while that may not seem a promising statistic, once you see this kid in real life, he is far too hot to handle by anyone.
A move to the Premier League could be catastrophic for title rivals and fellow competitors as he delivers a venomous and thrifty attack whilst his slick skills can seduce even the most concentrated of defenders.
Due to his tender age, he won't cost Mourinho a handful of cash which he is predictably saving for alternative January targets such as Paul Pogba and Seydou Doumbia.
Similarly to Kurt Zouma who joined the Blues from Saint-Etienne in 2013, it is expected for Malcolm to train and play with Chelsea's reserve squad for a number of years so as to improve his quality, give him vital experience to the English game through substitute and cup appearances and help him gain maturity.
Whilst Barcelona look set to snap up fellow countryman Gabriel Barbosa, that should clear the pathway for Jose Mourinho to swoop for Malcolm and discard any worries of a possible snatch from his European nemesis.