Inter have not rested on their laurels this summer and have already amassed a number of high-profile signings. This feat is even more impressive, as they have done it whilst managing their Financial Fair Play restrictions and they show little sign of stopping.
Looking to add to their attacking options, the Nerazzurri have turned towards Girondins de Bordeaux and their exciting Brazilian wide man Malcom. Should they manage to secure a deal for him, then arguably this will have been one of their best transfer windows in recent times.
The plan right now is to take him on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season, turning into an obligation relatively quickly. This would suit Inter, as they are on track to exit the settlement agreement with UEFA over their FFP status next year. They have accepted a reduction in their Champions League squad as a ‘slap on the wrist’ and will now look to off-load players like Eder, Joao Mario, Yuto Nagatomo and Jonathan Biabiany.
Should Inter manage to secure Malcom, then he would add to the already impressive list of signings this term. Lautaro Martinez has arrived from Racing Club, whilst Stefan de Vrij joined on a free transfer from Lazio. With Radja Nainggolan and Kwadwo Asamoah also looking like completing their moves soon, the signing of Malcom would be the icing on the cake.
The wide attacker has certainly turned the heads of the European giants and with 12 goals and seven assists in 35 games for Bordeaux, he would be a welcome addition. However, the risk is always there that he could prove a costly flop, just like Joao Mario and Gabigol before him. Can a 21-year-old be worth €40m to a club that has to balance the books?
The Brazilian arrived in France in 2016 after signing from Corinthians. His team had just won the Campeonato Serie A and in his time with ‘Time do Povo’ he helped out with 12 goals in 74 appearances.
It was soon noticed in France that he had raw talent, but at the same time he lacked tactical discipline and awas not physically ready for the testing Ligue 1. Even so, he was soon a fans’ favourite as his pace, skill and ability to change a game shone through. Soon he was playing as an inverted winger who was direct and had the ability to strike powerfully from distance. He scored five goals and assisted twice in his first season and the goals were spectacular.
He continued to improve and even though Hungarian side Videoton surprisingly knocked Bordeaux out of the Europa League, the Jocelyn Gourvennece’s side owed a lot to their young, attacking Brazilian, as he started to emerge as a key component in the squad.
The devastating runs he made and the incredible finishes like the one he scored against Lyon early in the season inspired Gourvennece to allow him a free role. The Coach said that Malcom was so young but very mature and that the 21-year-old was galvanising the team in a joyous fashion. High praise indeed, but it was earned, and the performances remained consistent until the end of the campaign.
It is no surprise that the Nerazzurri are hoping that they can add him to their ranks, as the potential he has to supply the likes of Mauro Icardi and Martinez is enormous. His ability to find the net would also be welcome, as last season only Ivan Perisic even seemed to make an effort to help alleviate the burden of goal-scoring off Icardi’s back.
As Inter enter the Champions League next season, they will certainly need to rely on a strong squad and the early signs are promising. The quality of the players and the way they are navigating the Financial Fair Play situation is certainly a credit to the club and in particular, Piero Ausilio.
Should Malcom decide that Milan is the city for him, then it is perhaps a sign that the Nerazzurri are returning to being one of Europe’s elite, capable of attracting some of the most sought-after talent.