Barcelona signed Malcom almost a year ago from France’s Bordeaux. The catalans paid almost £37 million for the Brazilian winger. Earlier, they were pursuing the signature of Chelsea’s Willian. However, the London club didn’t sanction a move for him. Now, Malcom has been at Barcelona for a season and only accumulated 1067 minutes.
Meaning that the right winger couldn’t establish himself as the first choice for Ernesto Valverde. Barcelona may put him on the market but the chances that Spurs will reignite their interest in the Brazilian are slim to none. That is according to Sunday Times’ Duncan Castles.
Malcom’s salary at Barcelona a hindrance to Spurs transfer
Castles, speaking on The Transfer Window podcast said that Tottenham may not be as interested in the winger as they were last season. Even if Spurs want to sign someone to play on the right-wing, it is unlikely now that Daniel Levy will pursue the Barca man.
The reason given by Duncan Castles is that since moving to Barcelona, Malcom considerably upped his pay grade. Spurs would not be thrilled to take a player up for such high salary. It is noteworthy that Malcom managed an appearance in merely 15 La Liga games for the Catalans.
Here’s why Duncan Castles says Malcom to Spurs is off before it can even begin this summer:
“Tottenham are one of the clubs who were interested in him. But look, he’s already had the pay rise of going to Barcelona. So you’re increasing his cost to Daniel Levy.”
– Duncan Castles via The Transfer Window Podcast
Meanwhile, Tottenham’ focus is fully on the signing of new number 10 for Mauricio Pochettino.
Duncan goes on to say that Barcelona may even lower their asking price if they do intend to sell. However, Spurs despite trying to get him last summer may not make a move because his current salary makes the player expensive. Daniel Levy doesn’t like expensive things. Just ask Pochettino.