The French TV station reports that Chinese clubs are “very interested” in the the Brazilian Under 23 international, and they could provide serious competition for the Gunners.
Speaking at the weekend, Malcom opened the door for a summer departure from Bordeaux, and he confirmed that he did want to leave in the January transfer window, but was persuaded to stay in Ligue One until the end of the season:
“I wanted to leave, I’m telling the truth, because it’s my dream: to progress in my career… I spoke with the president (Stéphane Martin , ed) and I told him that he could count on me until the end, I will give everything to help Bordeaux to finish in the top 6 in the championship.”
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club have looked at Malcom as a potential signing, but very quickly ruled out a move for the midfielder.
With the player now openly stating his intention to leave in the summer, it looks likely there will be a transfer battle on the cards for the Brazilian.