Two days ago we covered a report that Everton were set to make their move for Barcelona forward Malcom.
The report, from RMC, stated they were ready to make a €35m bid for the Brazilian. The rumours have steadily grown since then, although today Mundo Deportivo journalist Miguel Rico said an offer hadn’t happened.
He did, however, state that Malcom was one Barcelona were looking to sell and the Catalans are ‘sure’ something will happen soon on the matter.
Foot Mercato have picked up on the story today and the say a permanent deal isn’t even on the table. There hasn’t been any €35m nor is there likely to be because the Blues are keen on a loan deal.
Everton have been in contact with Barca since last week about the player and those talks are ongoing to try and work out the details. Malcom, for his part, wants to leave the Nou Camp after managing just 15 games in La Liga last season.
Foot Mercato add that Malcom is not the only player they’re chasing on loan, as Moise Kean is also on their hit list.
Like Malcom, Everton don’t want the Italian youngster permanently but on loan. In fact, ‘they don’t aim for a definitive transfer’ according to the website.
Marcel Brands is hoping that the positive relationship he has with Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici can get a deal over the line.
A loan deal would make sense too, especially after reports in Italy today that Juventus are keen to keep their young talent around.
In fact, loans for both players would suit all parties. Everton get players who fit into Brands type, are vast improvements on their current options and avoid spending the majority of their transfer budget in doing so.
Barcelona can then get Malcom off the wage bill, freeing up some much-needed funds, and potentially secure money for next summer as they did with Andre Gomes last season.
Juventus, meanwhile, get Kean to sign a new deal tying him to the club and then send him out on loan for the playing time he’ll need.
Everton can offer plenty of that, and in the Premier League to boot.