Manchester United have cooled their interest in Bordeaux forward Malcom this January and will place emphasis on securing a striker instead, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho, having failed to secure a winger over the summer, was reportedly lining up a £30m deal for the Brazilian wide man in January.
But Man United’s tone has changed emphatically over the last week, with reports suggesting the club was now focused on securing a deal for Alexis Sanchez while Arsenal have lined up Malcom as a replacement.
And according to M.E.N‘s Samuel Luckhurst, United have not, as reportedly earlier this month, entered negotiations to sign Malcom and will instead push to sign a striker over the January transfer window.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s failure to impose himself at Old Trafford and a recurrence of his knee problem has increased the need for somebody to share the load with Romelu Lukaku, who started every Premier League game until suffering an injury against Southampton, and United appear to have poured their resources into signing Sanchez – Arsenal’s top scorer last term – as a result.
And while United still desperately need a traditional winger, Mourinho may feel as if no suitable options are available this month, and looks likely to hold out for Christian Pulisic or Gareth Bale in the summer instead.