Chinese clubs are said to be keen on the Bordeaux winger.
Tottenham Hotspur are seemingly keen on the signature of Bordeaux’s winger Malcom.
A report from Le10 Sport this week suggested Tottenham made a final proposal regarding a potential deal for Malcolm amounting to around €50 million (£44.4 million), falling of Bordeaux’s valuation of €60 million (£53.3 million) by €10 million (£8.9 million).
The report concluded that Tottenham would be back in contact with the French club in the summer.
But alarmingly another subject from the same report suggested that clubs in China were willing to spend big to bring Malcom to the Chinese Super League.
Tottenham will therefore hope what happened to Liverpool two years ago does not happen to them this month.
Like Spurs the Reds came up short in their valuation of a Brazilian talent, Alex Teixeira of Shakhtar Donetsk. Jurgen Klopp was a huge fan of the player and wanted him at Anfield, but after coming up short Chinese side Jiansu Suning swooped in with an incredible deal for the player, reported by The Guardian to be worth around £38 million, smashing the Chinese transfer record.
It was a move that stunned many observers and left Liverpool without a player Klopp had huge plans for.
Tottenham, and any other Malcom suitor, find themselves in the unenviable and helpless position of waiting until the Chinese transfer window shuts at the end of the month to see if a massive deal can be put together in the Far East.
Bordeaux have made it clear they have no intention of selling the 20-year-old until the end of the current season. But if a Chinese club can put together the right offer, Mauricio Pochettino may find himself in the same position Jurgen Klopp did in February 2016.