Tottenham Hotspur can deal Arsenal a huge blow by landing Malcom

Bordeaux's Senegalese midfielder Younousse Sankhare (L) is congratulated by Bordeaux's forward Malcom (R) after scoring a goal during the French Cup football match between Granville (USG)...

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are reportedly battling to sign the 20-year-old.

Bordeaux's Brazilian forward Malcom (L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the L1 football match Olympique Lyonnais (OL) vs FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FCGB), on August 19, 2017 at the...

According to The Mirror, Arsenal have thrown their hat in the ring to sign £45 million Bordeaux winger Malcom. The Brazilian attacker, 20, has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and, according to The Daily Mail, chairman Daniel Levy had a £31 million bid turned down earlier this month.

Arsenal seemingly want him to replace linked-away Alexis Sanchez, but if Tottenham can sign him instead then it might just contribute to the destruction of the Gunners' season.

Arsene Wenger's side are two points behind fifth-placed Spurs, and five behind Liverpool in fourth. Their top-four hopes hinge on finding an adequate replacement for the Chilean, but there's not many names being touted.

Bordeaux's Brazilian forward Malcom runs with the ball during the French L=1 football match between Bordeaux and Montpellier on December 20, 2017 at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in...

Malcom, who has seven goals in 16 Ligue 1 starts this season, certainly seems like a suitable candidate, but what should worry Arsenal fans is the limited alternatives and failing to sign him might well be a disaster for the North Londoners.

Thomas Lemar is a name that will inevitably crop up now and again, but Liverpool are also rumoured to be interested in the Monaco star and it takes a vivid imagination to consider the idea that he would snub Anfield for the Emirates at the moment.

Bordeaux's Senegalese midfielder Younousse Sankhare (L) is congratulated by Bordeaux's forward Malcom (R) after scoring a goal during the French Cup football match between Granville (USG)...

At £45 million, it remains to be seen whether Tottenham can go that high, but if they can, and do, then signing him will put their North London rivals up a very well-known creek and it's hard to imagine them emerging unscathed - especially when Danny Welbeck is one of the paddles.

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