Bordeaux president provides big update on Arsenal's £40m deal for Malcom

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It seems you can't look anywhere right now without seeing an Arsenal transfer story.

Of course, the future of Alexis Sanchez seems to be the premiere headline-maker and it now seems as though Manchester United are the last side in the running.

That deal hinges on Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreeing to move the other way and rumours that the Armenian wants to be the highest-paid player at the Emirates Stadium could well ruin the swap.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another name that has been making waves in recent days and the Gabonese forward, who has 21 goals in 24 games this season, is said to have told Dortmund he is done with the club.

Arsenal will have to pay £60 million for the 28-year-old, but it's believed adding Olivier Giroud into the deal would offset around £25 million of that fee.

Lastly, but certainly not least, Arsenal are also said to be in pole position for Brazilian wonderkid Malcom.

The 20-year-old Bordeaux star has been lighting up Ligue 1 this season with his long-range rockets and majestic dribbling and it seems as though Arsenal believe £40 million would be enough to prize him away from France.

Both Liverpool and Tottenham are interested in the young winger and after Malcom took a Snapchat of him learning English, it seemed as though a move was inevitable.


His agents even posted on social media over the weekend showing themselves to be in London, seemingly doing a deal.

While the deal looked on the brink, Bordeaux president Stephane Martin has brought Gooners back down to earth.

"Things are clear with his agents," Martin told L'Equipe via the Daily Mail. 'He has not had his contract extended this summer just to give him away this winter. We haven't had any discussions with Arsenal. From our point of view, it's all hot air.

"They can always try, but they will have a hard time taking him from us."

It sounds like Malcom can be bought, but it's going to be an expensive endeavour for any interested party.

For optimistic fans that hoped Arsene Wenger could secure three top players in the January transfer window wanted, this is not the news they will have wanted, but surely half expected.

However, Bordeaux has disciplined the winger for a social media video that emerged on Tuesday evening, so all signs point to unrest between Malcom and his club.

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