Bordeaux coach and former Tottenham Hotspur favourite Gus Poyet has admitted that superstar forward Malcom is likely to leave the French club this summer.
Spurs were heavily linked with the Brazilian attacker in January, with reports suggesting that Mauricio Pochettino met with the player and his representatives.
Tottenham ended up signing Lucas Moura instead, with the Paris Saint-Germain winger penning a long-term deal in North London.
Despite this, Poyet has suggested that Malcom is likely to be on the move at the end of the current campaign for pastures new.
“He is a special player who can win matches on his own,” the former Tottenham man told Marca.
“He is often double-marked because his talent is that special, and in January we were nervous because we almost lost him to the Premier League.
“We must prepare for this because sooner or later he will leave.”
It remains to be seen whether Tottenham will revisit their reported interest in Malcom this summer, as Moura’s addition has brought the pace and penetration that Pochettino craved in the final third.
However, with links to Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha continuing today and Erik Lamela’s future unclear, there could yet be room for another attacking player in the Spurs squad.
If this is the case, Malcom looks like an appealing option, with the young Brazilian tearing up Ligue 1 this season. He is versatile and can both score and create goals.
That said, Tottenham will be conscious that other Brazilian players have failed to make an impact at the club and signings from French football (Capoue, Njie, Stambouli, N’Koudou) have fallen flat.