Malcom started only six La Liga games for Barca – could Everton or Liverpool bring the Brazilian to the Premier League?

Barcelona winger Malcom appears to be on his way to Russia. But Don Hutchison is still harbouring hope that either Liverpool or Everton could make a move to rescue the Brazilian from his Camp Nou nightmare, speaking on Twitter.

Malcom was one of the most coveted attackers in European football 12 months ago, when Barcelona snapped up the Bordeaux talisman for £36 million, hijacking Roma’s deal at the eleventh hour in highly controversial circumstances.

But a nightmare debut season in Catalonia has done his reputation no good at all. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde clearly wasn’t a fan, handing Malcom just six La Liga starts en route to yet another domestic title.

And with the clubs who were so keen this time last year seemingly unwilling to meet Barcelona’s demands, Malcom could be forced to kick start his career away from Europe’s major leagues.

According to Marca, Zenit St Petersburg are now the most likely destination for a bonafide game-changing talent who is capable of producing the spectacular on a week-by-week basis.

Not that Hutchison, who played on both sides of the Merseyside divide during his playing career, would be too happy to see Malcom follow compatriot and former Zenit star Hulk into relative obscurity.

Liverpool and Everton have both been linked with Malcom over the last 18 months or so but it’s telling that the reports have dried up with just days to go until the transfer window slams shut.

Maybe Barcelona was simply too much too soon.

In other news, Liverpool reportedly have Kostas Tsimikas on transfer wish-list