After yesterday’s Sport Bild article claiming Bayern has agreed on the frameworks of a five-year deal with Girondins Bordeaux winger Malcom, Sky Sports has today jumped in on the action, reporting that Bayern would once again need to break their record transfer fee in order to secure the services of the Brazilian winger.
According to the article, the rumored amount Bordeaux is seeking is about 70€ million, with 50€ million in the way of a base transfer fee, and an additional 20€ million in bonus payments. Should the deal go through, it’ll eclipse any fee Bayern have paid in their history.
To date, their top five transfers have all hovered around the 40€ million mark, with Corentin Tolisso currently occupying the number one spot with a transfer fee of 41.5€ million, followed closely by the 40€ million the club paid to secure the services of Javi Martinez back in the summer of 2012, according to Transfermarkt.
Though no official negotiations between the clubs have taken place, Sky claims that, after an initial meeting two months ago, communication between Bayern and the player’s representatives have once again picked up in recent days.
Arguments can certainly be made whether a largely unproven player such as Malcom should command a transfer fee as high as the one being reported, but today’s market necessitates taking risks such as this one in order to avoid having to throw down upwards of 100€ million to secure the services of internationally proven players.
Bayern Munich, though, is not the only club interested in the Brazilian youngster. After Tottenham were mentioned by Sport Bild yesterday, Sky have thrown two more clubs into the mix. Arsenal and Dortmund are both reported to also have interest in acquiring Malcom. Sky claims that Dortmund made initial contact with Malcom’s agent a few weeks ago, though no concrete negotiations have taken place.
This season, Malcom has already eclipsed his scoring and assist output from last season, tallying 8 goals and 6 assists so far, compared to 7 goals and 5 assists last season, all in 12 fewer games. Should he continue to produce the way he has until season’s end, the aforementioned clubs won’t be the only one’s looking to secure his signature.