Manchester United open talks with Bordeaux over Malcolm

  • Jose Mourinho views Malcolm as one of the best young prospects in Europe
  • Bordeaux want more than £50m, but Manchester United will pay around £33m
  • The clubs have started talks about a January deal with an immediate loan back
  • Arsenal have watched the 20-year-old Brazilian, who has seven goals this term

Manchester United are working on a deal to sign Bordeaux wonderkid Malcom, who Jose Mourinho views as one of the best young prospects in Europe.

Sportsmail understands discussions about signing the 20-year-old next month and immediately loaning him back to France have taken place.

Bordeaux ambitiously want more than £50million for the Brazilian. That is a fee United are not prepared to pay and they are believed to be committed to spending in the region of £33m.

Manchester United are preparing a £30m move for Bordeaux youngster Malcom in January

Malcom joined Bordeaux from Corinthians last year and has scored seven goals in 18 Ligue 1 games this season. Arsenal have also regularly sent scouts to check on his progress.

Mourinho, who implored United to do business in January, is thought to have claimed privately that Malcom has the tools to become a success in the Premier League.

Gabriel Jesus, born just six weeks after Malcom in Sao Paulo, has been a huge hit in England since his arrival.

Bordeaux have a gentleman’s agreement with the player that he can leave next summer and there is no release clause. 

The 20-year-old Brazilian has been in sensational form this season, netting seven times