Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly moved into pole position to clinch the signing of Bordeaux sensation Malcom.
As reported by Jason Burt of the Daily Telegraph, while both Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with the young Brazilian, Spurs appear closest to sealing a deal that would see the player arrive in the summer.
The package for the 20-year-old reportedly amounts to €40 million (£35 million) and was discussed by representatives for Tottenham and the player this week.
"No agreement has yet been formally reached but there is an expectation that a deal will be reached. Spurs are expected to pay €40 million although that may increase by another €10 million (£8.8 million) with add-ons for the highly promising forward," continued Burt.
Arsenal have been strongly linked with a potential swoop for the winger, although they are said to have turned their attentions towards landing Henrikh Mkhitaryan from United and Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
As noted below, the Bordeaux man has caught the attention of both north London clubs:
While both Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan are arguably in the peak years of their respective careers, Malcom is still in the nascent stages of his.
If Spurs were to sign him, they could have a stunning player on their hands after a little nurturing. Indeed, his displays for Bordeaux this season suggest he has a high ceiling.
In a team that has been flirting with the relegation zone for much of 2017-18, Malcom has been the standout performer.
Journalist Matt Spiro believes there is a chance the youngster may make Brazil's FIFA World Cup squad in the summer:
An end-of-season switch would be smart with that in mind, and as things stand, Bordeaux cannot afford to let their best player go while sitting two points above the relegation zone.
That's because Malcom can make things happen with the ball that few in the team are capable of. Stationed on the right side, his team-mates often look for the Brazilian in the final third, where he can glide past markers, burn down the outside or link the play infield.
Additionally, an end product has emerged from Malcom's game this season, with some big contributions turned in, including seven goals and five assists in Ligue 1.
As WhoScored.com noted, he's also among the the most creative young players in European football:
Stylistically, Malcom is what Spurs need. Manager Mauricio Pochettino has a team packed with technical and inventive footballers, and often that's enough to get the better of most Premier League defences. Still, against the best setups, they can appear a little one-paced.
Malcom's direct running, flair and ability to provide penetration from wide areas would provide another dimension. He'd also surely be attracted by the good work Pochettino has done with prodigious talents already at Spurs. If Tottenham can get this one done at the expense of some rivals, it'd be a big coup.