Bordeaux striker Malcolm opens up about Manchester United interest

by Leo Nieboer

Bordeaux striker Malcolm has opened up about reports linking him with a move to Manchester United, insisting that he was focused on his endeavours in Ligue 1.

The 19-year-old, signed by the French side back in January 2016, has begun to cement himself at the French side having made 29 appearances so far this season.

It was reported last week that scouts from Man United and Liverpool had travelled to France this season to monitor the 19-year-old’s progress.

And Malcolm, when asked about the rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League, noted that he was “very calm” at Bordeaux but admitted he would be “happy” if an opportunity presented itself in the future.

“This thing about Liverpool (and) Manchester – I don’t know anything about it,” said Malcom.

“I’m very calm, I only think about Bordeaux today. I want to do my job well and give French fans lots of joy.

“I got to know, yeah, that Sampaoli (Sevilla boss) likes my football, my game style. If the opportunity shows up, I’ll be happy. If it doesn’t, I’ll keep working hard, humble as always.”

History dictates that Brazilian strikers always struggle when met with the challenge of English football: Robinho, Elano, Jo and Ilan all serve as examples of lucrative talents that never managed to excel in the Premier League, and Mourinho will be conscious of such a poor track record when pondering over whether to move for Malcolm.

But the teenager has, to his credit, radically adapted his game ever since joining Bordeaux, displaying a greater hunger for tracking back and running the channels, whilst also maintaining that superbly natural air of confidence and flair on the ball. United fans will be curious to see whether the 54-year-old decides to take a chance on the youngster over the summer.

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