It has been a quiet transfer window for Everton after last summer’s catastrophic business cost them dearly, but now a first deal could be completed with Malcom close to making a £30 million move from Bordeaux, according to reports.
Sky Sports say that an £80,000 per week contract is on the table with an agreement close to bring the exciting winger to Merseyside in what would be a real statement signing.
Here are three reasons why it is a deal to be admired…
The deal is a coup
Metro have previously claimed that Manchester United and Arsenal were among the other interested parties in the services of the young Brazilian, so it is quite an impressive feat that Everton may be set to complete a deal after such a disappointing campaign left them off the pace in mid-table.
At such a significant fee after last summer’s frustration with expensive acquisitions, Marco Silva would be showing that he is not afraid to take a gamble on the right-winger and will hope to see that faith repaid in 2018/19.
He brings much needed goals and creativity
Everton’s attack has dried up and struggled to replace the goals that Romelu Lukaku brought to the side, with Cenk Tosun not quite as high a quality replacement and Theo Walcott the only option with much pace to have been brought in to bolster the squad.
Involved in 17 goals last season, Malcom certainly knows how to create and convert chances whether that is at the back post only yards out or with an effort from distance. His variety of attacking play and smart finishing will provide an option which will pose a greater danger than anyone currently in the Toffees’ ranks.
“You just need to see him every day. He is still just as joyous and galvanising for the squad as ever. He has even been acting as a translator for his new Brazilian team-mates. He is not at all affected by everything that is being said. Even if he is still young, he is also very mature.”
He’s only going to get better
At 21-years-old, Malcom’s career has been one of continual progress where no challenge has halted him from reaching the top, even when making a difficult move from Brazil to Europe and the switch to the Premier League is just the next step.
There can be no doubting that he is a raw talent with plenty more to come, but Marco Silva will look to get that out of him and turn him into one of the most exciting wide men in England to either lead Everton for years to come or sell on for a substantial profit.