The name Malcom has been catapulted in the collective consciousness in recent weeks and months, with Bordeaux’s blistering Brazilian winger lighting up French football this season.
As such the inevitable transfer rumblings have followed, with Tottenham Hotspur one of the English sides reportedly tracking the rising star.
However, with the January transfer window in full swing, if Spurs are looking to add pace and penetration in wide areas, Mauricio Pochettino should look at options other than Malcom.
While the 20-year-old is clearly a gifted player and someone with a bright future in the game, the press state that Tottenham and other suitors are being told to pay as much as £45 million for the South American.
Malcom has been electric for Bordeaux this season, but the Brazilian is still young, relatively untested and for that kind of money a massive risk.
Tottenham have already failed in their attempts to add quality wingers to their squad from French football, with Clinton N’Jie and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou failing to translate their Ligue 1 form to the Premier League.
As such, if Spurs and Pochettino want a livewire Brazilian winger this January, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura represents a much more appealing option.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport stated this week that Tottenham are in the running to sign the former Sao Paulo attacker, who has seen his first-team opportunities at the Parc des Princes diminish this season due to the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Whether it be a permanent move or on loan, signing Moura would be exciting news for Spurs.
The 25-year-old has 36 caps for Brazil, has played a solid amount of Champions League football and has the pace and delivery that Pochettino craves at Tottenham.
While Malcom’s potential is clear, it still remains to be seen whether he will develop into the finished article – Moura meanwhile is an accomplished star that would bring real quality to the Spurs squad.
With Tottenham having already signed Serge Aurier from PSG last summer, having the Brazilian follow in his footsteps from Paris to London would be a massively exciting prospect.