It appears that Everton have leapfrogged some of Europe’s biggest clubs to take the lead in the hunt for Bordeaux winger Malcom. As reported by Sky Sports, Everton will discuss a £30m deal plus add-ons with Bordeaux chairman Stephane Martin on Thursday. A deal worth £80k-a-week will be discussed.
It would be an absolute coup for Everton. The 21-year-old Brazilian was one of Ligue 1’s standout players last season and has been linked with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
But whilst every Everton fan would love to see Malcom arrive, what could it mean for one Sam Allardyce’s few signings at Goodison?
Everton snapped up Theo Walcott in January. The 29-year-old joined in a £20 million deal from Arsenal after falling out of favour with the Gunners.
He went on to bag three goals and as many assists in 14 games for Everton, hinting at a potentially big impact next season.
But if Malcom arrives, Walcott could find himself in big trouble.
The Brazilian’s preferred position is as a right-winger, cutting in on to his stronger left-foot. That leaves him in direct competition with the former England international.
Walcott, however, will have a challenge on his hands convincing Marco Silva to use him. Walcott was not signed by the Portuguese, whereas Malcom will be a Silva and Marcel Brands favourite.
There may be room for both to play, with Malcom reverting to the left. But Yannick Bolasie and Ademola Lookman will want to fight for that spot.
Walcott’s Everton career is by no means in jeopardy. But if Malcom arrives, he will have to up his game to remain relevant at Goodison Park.