Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has confirmed the Bundesliga giants have been monitoring Tottenham target Malcom ahead of a potential summer move for the Bordeaux winger.
Spurs emerged as favourites to sign Malcom in the January transfer window but a move failed to materialise. Arsenal are also believed to be interested.
A fee of around £40 million was touted in January, which is perhaps what put Tottenham off in the end. They were eventually able to sign Lucas Moura from Paris-Saint Germain for £25 million on deadline day.
Malcom ended up staying at Bordeaux, and there could now be a summer scramble for his signature with Bayern possibly leading the chase.
“He’s certainly in the focus of our scouting department, like many other players as well,” Heynckes told German newspaper Bild (via the Evening Standard).
“[Sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic has very clear ideas and is driving forward the plans for next season.
“He knows exactly who is in our sights and which players he would like to have. He has high quality players in mind.”
Bayern are said to be on the lookout for a long-term successor for Arjen Robben. The Dutchman is now 34 years of age and will be soon coming towards the end of his playing career, at least at the top level.
Depending on his summer valuation (it could come down), Spurs might be better off allowing Malcom to go to Germany. Moura was likely signed as an alternative to Malcom, so do Tottenham really need the Bordeaux man?