It seems that Tottenham Hotspur have taken the lead in the race for the Brazilian forward Malcom.

Even though the 20-year-old was close to a move to Arsenal, the Gunners’ interest has apparently gone a bit cold, with their North London rivals taking the chance to make an approach.

As reported by UOL today, Malcom’s representatives have had a meeting with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino this week. The agents were delighted with the Argentine boss, who promised to make the player one of the best in Europe in three years time.

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UOL had already reported Spurs had a €35m bid for the player turned down by Bordeaux in December, and the new offer would be of around €40m, with the possibility of getting to €50m in case certain bonuses are reached.

Tottenham’s advantage in the race is also reported by Goal Brasil today. The website had already been following Arsenal’s pursuit, and now claims that after the Gunners gave up, Spurs have another meeting in London with the player’s representatives scheduled for  Friday.