Bordeaux president Stephane Martin has promised Arsenal face a ‘hard time’ trying to do a deal for Brazilian starlet Malcom this January and claimed speculation that an agreement has been reached between the clubs is ‘hot air’.
The Gunners are understood to be keen on signing the winger in the coming weeks as they look to cover the gap left by the probable exit of Alexis Sanchez.
Malcom, 20, only signed a new deal with the Girondins last summer so, unsurprisingly, the French outfit, who are reportedly asking for €50 million, are keeping their cards close to their chest.
“Things are clear with his agents,” president Martin told L’Equipe when asked for an update on the club’s stance towards a sale.
“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’s believed that Malcom is highly rated by new Head of Recruitment, Sven Mislintat, who had identified him as a possible signing for his former club, Borussia Dortmund. Given how desperate Arsenal’s circumstances are, it’s unlikely we’ll give up just yet. Well, you’d hope not anyway.