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Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau has predicted that Malcom will be sold after Arsenal reportedly opened talks to sign the forward. Malcom completed a £36m move from Bordeaux to the Nou Camp in the summer but the 21-year-old has only managed two substitute appearances under Ernesto Valverde since the start of the season. Reports in Spain earlier this week claimed that Arsenal had made Barca aware of their interest in either a temporary or permanent deal for Malcom ahead of the January transfer window. Tottenham are also understood to be interested in the promising Brazilian.
Valverde stressed that Malcom was a ‘signing of the club’ in the summer and it appears the manager is yet to be won over by the former Bordeaux attacker. Sport suggests that Barca had hoped Malcom would receive more playing time and the club’s chief executive, Grau, now believes the ‘player will be sold’.
Earlier this month, Malcom’s agent Junior Minguella revealed that Malcom was unhappy with his current situation at Barcelona. ‘Every player needs a period of adaptation and minutes on the pitch to prove their worth,’ Minguella told RAC1
‘He hasn’t had them yet, but he’ll prove his worth when he does play. ‘He doesn’t like the situation, but he’s focused and very motivated.’