Manchester United are lining up a January move worth £26million for Brazilian star Malcom, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho said earlier in the week he was open to bringing in reinforcements this winter despite admitting he was not a ‘big defender’ of the January market.
The Times say Mourinho will be given about £80million to strengthen his squad for the remainder of the campaign and the Portuguese boss wants to land a winger.
United were strongly linked with a move for Ivan Perisic last summer but the Croatia international stayed at Inter Milan, and now Malcom has emerged as a top target for Mourinho.
The 20-year-old has developed into a key player for Bordeaux since signing from Corinthians in 2016, scoring 15 goals in 65 league games. He is valued at around £26m.
Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures
West Bromwich Albion (A) – Sun Dec 17
Bristol City (A) – Wed Dec 20 (EFL Cup)
Leicester City (A) – Sat Dec 23
Burnley (H) – Tues Dec 26
Southampton (H) – Sat Dec 30
Everton (A) – Mon Jan 1
Stoke City (H) – Sat Jan 20
Tottenham (A) – Wed Jan 31
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against West Brom, Mourinho said: ‘I’m not a big defender of the January market, but there are players and situations that sometimes you have the chance to do and you shouldn’t lose the chance.
‘If you can buy in January a player you would buy in June, July, and you have the chance to get him a few months before, then great.’
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