MANCHESTER UNITED have stepped up their interest in Bordeaux’s Brazilian prodigy Malcom.
The Under-23 international has hit five goals and set up four more for his French club this season.
And Old Trafford scouts have repeatedly checked on the attacking midfielder – including in Bordeaux’s 1-1 draw with Marseille last Sunday.
United boss Jose Mourinho has been on 20-year-old Malcom’s trail since last season, and had him watched in February.
Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are further admirers of the Sao Paulo-born ace, while Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with him.
Malcom signed a contract extension until 2021 with the Ligue 1 club in September.
Hotshot Malcom joined Bordeaux from Brazilian club Corinthians in January 2016 for an undisclosed fee.
However he hinted earlier this year that he would be open to a move to the Premier League.
And Bordeaux will be powerless to resist if United follow up their interest with a firm offer in January or next summer.
When quizzed about Man United’s interest in May, Malcom said: “Even when I was at Corinthians these rumours were already happening.
“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.”