When the Bordeaux forward Malcom was being heavily linked to a Premier League move in the last transfer window, Manchester United were rarely mentioned as serious contenders for him.

Although the Red Devils were claimed to be in the race a couple of times by the English papers, the Brazilian media never took the interest very seriously, and focused mostly on Tottenham and Arsenal.

But now local claims state José Mourinho’s side have ‘sought’ the player. In a story from UOL this week, journalist Rafael Reis says Manchester United were alongside the London rivals in the battle for the player.

Besides giving this information, the website also interviewed the player, who revealed that he has a free pass to leave Bordeaux at the end of the season and play wherever he wants to.

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“I’ve already said that I wanted to leave to pursue new objectives. But I also have to remember that Bordeaux helped me a lot. I gave them my word that I would continue to have more time to think about which club I will play for. Those three or four months will make a lot of difference,” Malcom told UOL.

“Yes, there’s a promise that I will be negotiated in June. I will choose the team, and Bordeaux will let me go.”

José Mourinho may have signed Alexis Sanchez after these contacts for Malcom were made. But since the Brazilian has been mostly playing on the right wing, maybe the idea is still not over.