Le10 Sport report that the London club had “opened negotiations” with the 20 year old, but the figures proposed were not said to be acceptable to the player.
Arsenal have yet to make a formal bid to Bordeaux for the midfielder, and it seems that the French club’s unwillingness to sell, as well as the player’s contract demands, have scuppered any prospect of a deal.
When asked about the club’s attempts to sign Malcom at his pre-match press conference today, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was pessimistic about the transfer happening:
“I don’t think we are close to doing that.”
He then clarified the club’s position further when he responded to a question about whether a move for the winger was possible this month:
“I don’t think so, no.”
Malcom has been tipped as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez, but the club’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan may have halted their their attempts to sign the £45m rated winger.