Earlier this summer much of the talk at Barcelona was how they needed to sell players, rather than buy them, to raise funds.
That was down to the need to complete the previous financial year without debt, something they achieved and which allowed them to move on to making signings.
One of those signings was Antoine Griezmann, and his arrival at the club means some players have been further pushed down the pecking order. Malcom is one such player.
The Brazilian struggled for game time at the Nou Camp last year and Griezmann’s arrival, plus a potential return for Neymar, has only made that worse.
Indeed, should Neymar return then Barca will need a ‘foreign’ spot for him, and by all accounts, Malcom is the one who would be sacrificed.
The forward has been linked with a move away all summer and Mundo Deportivo report today that Everton are one of the clubs particularly keen on him.
Barcelona have put a €50m asking price on the player, a €9m profit on what they paid last summer, and both Everton and Borussia Dortmund have ‘approach the figure’.
There’s no mention of what that fee is, just that it’s close. For the record, Everton’s last offer was reportedly around €40m.
Barca’s reduction from the initial €60m shows they want a sale and it seems there’s a deal there to be done between two clubs who have already worked together well over the past two years.