Bordeaux forward Malcolm has admitted that he would consider a move to Manchester United if he was approached by Jose Mourinho.
The Brazilian youngster initially attracted interest from European clubs during a fruitful spell with Corinthians that saw him make 73 appearances before the age of 20.
Malcolm moved to France last season and has enjoyed a fruitful season under manager Jocelyn Gourvennec, with Bordeaux currently occupying sixth spot in Ligue 1.
And the 20-year-old, speaking to Gazeta Esportiva, noted that he would be open to a move to Old Trafford in the future.
“Even when I was at Corinthians these rumours were already happening,” he said.
“I have a calm mind about that. I have a focused thought on the pitch and I leave it to my agent and my family to take care of.
“Then, who knows, if a bid comes up I’ll think of leaving, but now I’ll just playing football.”
Malcolm’s record, in comparison with, say, Kylian Mbappe or Marcus Rashford (the kind of goalscoring calibre expected at Man United), is not exactly impressive. 11 goals in 55 games for Bordeaux and 21 goals in total throughout his career does not really jump off the page, but his craft – his appeal – can be found elsewhere instead.
The 20-year-old, even at such a young age, has a valuable capacity for reading patterns of play, slipping into pockets of space unrecognised and working inch-perfect balls to teammates. He is no slouch either; experience of Ligue 1 has hammered home an admirable work ethic and he can play all across the front three, but excels most on the right hand side.
Moving for him over the summer may be a risk, but Mourinho ought to keep a close eye on the Brazilian as he continues to improve.