Liverpool have “recently positioned themselves” to swoop for Ligue 1 winger Malcom, who has long since been linked with a move to Tottenham.
In January, Malcom’s manager Jocelyn Gourvennec hinted that Liverpool were interested in the Brazilian with comments he made to the press.
“I can’t deny that he’s being followed by a lot of people,” Gourvennec reportedly said in January. “With Malcom, I go from day-to-day.
“He’s committed. He’s a bit like he was in the summer – I wouldn’t say he has been disturbed by it, that’s a bit strong, he’s not disturbed, but he is asking questions.
“He’s asking himself what’s the best thing for him, for his future. That’s logical. If he’s asking questions and he still manages to make assists or score goals, it’ll be fine.
“If Liverpool want you to work for them tomorrow, you’d go.”
According to Tuesday’s L’Equipe, Liverpool are making moves to sign 21-year-old Malcom from Bordeaux and have “recently positioned themselves” to make an approach for the player.
What is meant exactly by this is unclear at this point but what is clear is that there is interest in the Ligue 1 star from the Reds and that he could be the “multi-functional forward” Klopp is reported as wanting.
Able to operate right across the front three and slightly behind as well, Malcom would be perfect for Liverpool. At just 21 years of age, he might also be more willing to play a squad role and deputise than an older, more established winger.
In 35 games in Ligue 1, Malcom scored 12 goals and assisted 7 others. His fine form across the season has led to several clubs being interested in acquiring his services.
Bordeaux want €40m for the Brazilian, a fee that is more than obtainable for Liverpool after the Reds earned £215 million from the Champions League and Premier League combined.
French outlet Sud-Ouest claim that Chelsea, not Liverpool, are the frontrunners to sign Malcom, with representatives from Stamford Bridge having met with the forward’s agent Fernando Garcia.