All the mercato hype this week seems to surround Bordeaux striker Malcom agreeing in some terms to come to Inter Milan next season.
The 21-year-old winger has made his mark in France with 12 goals and seven assists in 38 appearances across all competitions – including leading his side to winning six of their last seven games to end the season. The end was enough to push Bordeaux past St. Etienne and into sixth-place in Ligue 1 and also into a spot in next season’s Europa League.
While he has also attracted the attention of the likes of Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and PSG who according to Gianluca Di Marzio, have all given “very attractive requests,” the Brazilian seems more interested in playing for the Nerazzurri next season.
Di Marzio suggests Inter Milan have offered the French side nearly €40 million for Malcom – they asked for nearly €50 million – and Inter already has the okay of Malcom for the transfer.
The big question here is does Malcom make sense for Inter?
There is no doubt of his production, but that was in Ligue 1 where even I could be competitive, and I haven’t strapped on boots competitively in nearly 30 years. With the exception of PSG and, in some seasons, Monaco, Ligue 1 is like a junior varsity league that generates very little attention outside of Paris.
He’s a good player, I’ll give him that. And there is a good chance he could be successful as a winger at Inter. Heck, he could even start if Inter’s strategy is to offload Ivan Perisic – which after some matches last season didn’t seem like a bad idea – but, is he worth €40 million?
I mean, we passed off forking over €35 million and extras for Rafinha and a little less for Joao Cancelo, but we are willing to back the proverbial Brinks truck up for Malcom? If the deal were for less, I could see it.
In his two seasons with Bordeaux, Malcom has scored 23 times and had 16 assists, which is good, don’t get me wrong, I’m just struggling with the logic here.
Perhaps there is something to this that Luciano Spalletti sees that I simply don’t. Perhaps this is just a way to deepen the bench in preparation for the Champions League, but that is a pretty expensive way to deepen the bench.
Of course, if Inter really plans to sell off Perisic this summer, then the deal makes a little more sense, but there has been no indication that is in the works, just the usual conjecture and rumor but nothing to the level of last year’s Manchester United tear.
But, as usual, I could be wrong.
What do you think? Post your comments below!