PSG does not let go of Malcom

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Paris at all cost. Last winter, Malcom (26) was ready to join the capital club. As explained on our site in January, the international auriverde was offered to the champions of France, who were looking for an attacking element capable of evolving as a winger. He was not the only one to please PSG since Rayan Cherki (19) was also targeted. But this track was much more complicated since OL were not necessarily sellers this winter. Which was not necessarily the case with Zenit Saint-Petersburg, Malcom’s club.

A club he joined in 2019 after just one short season at FC Barcelona. Ready to relaunch, the native of São Paulo is succeeding in his mission. After 4 goals and 1 assist in 12 appearances in his first year, he followed up with 24 appearances in 2020-21. Time to score 3 goals and deliver 3 assists. Last year, the Brazilian finished the season with a record of 9 goals and 7 assists in 32 appearances in all competitions. The best so far. But this fiscal year 2022-23, Malcom is already doing better.

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Paris tried it this winter

Before the winter break, he was on 15 goals in all competitions. What had not escaped Luis Campos and PSG. In addition to his offensive qualities, the fact that he is French-speaking, that he knows Ligue 1 perfectly since his time with the Girondins de Bordeaux as well as the operation of a very big club, following his experience at FC Barcelona, ​​were a big plus. For all these reasons but also because the player was very attracted to the idea of ​​​​joining the French capital, PSG advanced its pawns to a French adviser and close to the player. The operation went very well.

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Aware of Malcom’s desires elsewhere, Zenit was willing to offer him an exit voucher if an offer of between 30 and 35 million euros arrived. And that’s when it started to block with PSG since the Ile-de-France residents hoped to welcome the player on loan instead. After further discussions, the Russians, who were open to a loan with an option to buy for their player under contract until 2027, clashed with the Parisians, who wanted a non-binding option. Despite Nasser Al-Khelaïfi’s attempts, this file was stopped and Paris did not make an offer.

The Brazilian digested

The Ile-de-France leaders, who were waiting for a sign from Zenit which never came, set off on the trail of Moroccan Hakim Ziyech. The latter did not come from elsewhere either. A situation that Malcom also experienced, who therefore remained at the dock while he was in the sights of the Ile-de-France region. What has happened since this failed transfer? The Brazilian, who is happy in Russia despite his desire to join Paris last winter, is not affected according to close sources. His desire and his motivation are always the same. What he said, moreover, during an interview given to the Russian press in February.

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“PSG contacted me directly about a possible transfer. Of course, I was happy that such a big European club was interested in me […] I was neither upset nor worried. I have a current contract with Zenit. I respect him. The club has always treated me fairly. The interest of PSG flattered me. It’s just a signal that I’m going in the right direction. The attention of a top club is indicative and characteristic. But I stayed calm. I was waiting to see how the situation would evolve. The outcome of the story did not affect me in any way.”

Malcom responds on the meadow

After words, place for action. Returning to competition on March 4, after receiving a red card (after a general fight, editor’s note) in his last match before the break against Spartak Moscow (November 27), he scored twice for his first match against at Pari NN – the new name of the club from Nizhny-Novgorod – won 3-0 by the band of Sergey Semak. Then he did it again the following week in a 3-2 win over Khimki (March 12). Malcom signed a new double. Yesterday he failed to find the target in the 1-0 loss to CSKA Moscow. But he attacked hard this second half of the season with 4 goals in 3 appearances.

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Which makes a total of 19 goals and 7 assists in 26 appearances in all competitions (16 goals and 5 assists in the league, editor’s note). Despite his missed appointment with Paris, Malcom, who obtained Russian nationality, responds very well on the meadow. What perhaps give regrets to Paris Saint-Germain, who would have needed an offensive element this winter to compensate for the departure of Pablo Sarabia in Wolverhampton or the injury of Neymar. But according to our information, it’s not over between PSG and the Malcom clan. The two parties are still in contact. The Brazilian is still among the possible leads for next season.

But the residents of the Parc des Princes are not the only ones to be on the spot because other big European clubs have also recently come forward for Malcom for the summer transfer window, we were told. For his part, the player, who wants to play the European Cup again and join the Brazilian selection, is very calm about his future and is waiting to see what will happen at the end of the season. But the door could well open since Zenit will offer him an exit voucher this summer 2023 provided he has a suitable transfer fee. Like last winter, the Russians expect between 30 and 35 million euros. Paris, which needs new blood this summer, knows what to expect.

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