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ARSENAL could land Barcelona star Malcom in January with the player ready to push for a move away from the Spanish giants.

Malcom only joined the club in the summer from Bordeaux.

The Brazilian looked certain to be signing for Italian giants Roma but Barcelona hijacked the deal at the 11th hour.

However the attacking ace has had a tough start to life at the Nou Camp – with regular game-time hard to come by.

He’s well down the pecking order, with Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez the first-choice attacking trio for boss Ernesto Valverde.

And it’s led to claims Malcom will push for a move away from Barcelona in January.

Mundo Deportivo claim Malcom ‘doesn’t understand’ why he’s not been playing for Valverde and has asked to speak his manager about playing more often.

And he also asked to be allowed to leave if he doesn’t feature in his boss’ plans.

A loan switch in January is mooted by Mundo, but a permanent exit is ruled out.

It’s said Inter Milan, Arsenal and Tottenham have all enquired about a Malcom in recent weeks.

However Barcelona have little interest in letting him go, and hope he remains patient and waits for his big chance to nail down a starting spot.

Speaking in the summer after his £35.5m switch went through, Malcom said: ”I always wanted to go to Barcelona.

“I was always calm. My agents have been in charge of this whole issue.

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