Tottenham will face competition from further afield if they are finally going to get their hands on Bordeaux striker Malcom, after it emerged that there is also interest from China, according to a report.
Telefoot, the French media outlet, claim that Chinese clubs are also in the hunt for the 20-year-old attacker who was eventually persuaded to stay with Bordeaux during the January transfer window.
It was only revealed by the Ligue 1 side that the attacker would not be leaving France after new manager, Gus Poyet, insisted on the Brazilian staying in France as a provision in him taking over from the sacked Jocelyn Gourvennec.
Spurs were keen to tie up a deal for the highly-rated attacker, who admitted wanting to leave the club in order to progress his career. He told Telefoot: “I wanted to leave, I’m telling the truth, because it’s my dream: to progress in my career.”
Telefoot claimed that Tottenham would continue their interest for a player who is “adored” by Mauricio Pochettino.
Football Insider verdict:
Should a big money move come in for the striker from China then neither Tottenham nor Arsenal will be able to compete with the kind of figures that the Asian clubs seem to be able to offer even the most average of players. For Malcom his destiny depends on where he sees himself in footballing terms and making a name for himself. If he is more interested in the money available then he will go to China, if he wants to win things in one of the biggest leagues in the world then he will move to the Premier League. Decisions, decisions…
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