All that glitters is not gold – a lesson which Malcom must have surely learnt the hard way as he’s set to leave Barcelona after just one season.
Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira was on his way to AS Roma from Bordeaux in the summer of 2018, until Laliga champions, Barcelona delved into the transfer and hijacked him for fee within the region of €41 million.
For a player who was hijacked, it was expected that the Brazilian was going to be a vital member of Enersto Valverde’s squad, or even fight favourably for a place in the first team. But the turn of events however surprised everyone.
Malcom was barely a core member of Barça side that retained their Spanish Laliga crown. His official league debut was just a six minutes cameo in an away win to Real Valladolid. He appeared just 15 times for the Blaugrana side with nine of them being substitute appearances in the league.
Malcom also contributed just one goal and two assists last season — the solitary goal coming in the 4-4 thriller with Villarreal at Estadio de la Cerámica.
Dumping your dream for playing time:
It is surely every young player’s dream to play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and the world at large, but when things don’t turn out as planned, it is always advisable to move on and salvage your career.
With the addition of Antoine Griezmann, the presence of Ousmanne Dembele and Barcelona chiefs still fighting strongly for the return of Neymar, it is evident that Malcom will be completely ostracized from the team.
Taking all these into consideration, it is therefore not surprising that Malcom is looking for a way out of Catalonia.
Set for Zenit:
Spanish media reports have been strongly linking the 22-year-old with a move to Russian giants, Zenit St. Petersburg.
“Telefoot” categorically stated that the Brazilian attacker was on his way to Russia to complete his medical with Zenit couple of minutes after Barca announced that Malcom was given permission to miss training.
The attacker will be hoping to revive his career at Petersburg, where he’s expected to sign for €40 million (rising to €45 million) and will be earning an annual fee of €6 million.