Arsenal keen to bolster attack by signing £90,000-a-week Barcelona youngster

Arsenal have reportedly held negotiations with Barcelona attacker Malcom but are facing problems in persuading the South American to make the switch to the north London side.

The manager Unai Emery is looking to bolster his squad in several zones this summer but one priority is adding one more attacking player, following the decision to allow the injury-prone Danny Welbeck to depart after his deal expired last month.

One player who Arsenal are interested in is Malcom, with Blaugrana appearing willing to let the forward leave in order to help facilitate Malcom’s compatriot Neymar’s return to the club.

Arsenal have reportedly already made a bid to take Malcom on loan during this transfer market, with an option to buy the 22-year-old star next summer, but it’s understood Barcelona would prefer to sell the star now with all the money coming up front.

The Catalan heavyweights are reportedly seeking £50 million for the player they signed for £36.5 million last summer from Bordeaux.

According to The Sun, Malcom’s agents were in London last week for talks but the two parties are miles apart from agreeing to terms.

Unai reportedly has a limited transfer kitty this summer of £45 million and may find it hard to fund a swoop for Malcom, if he also wants to bolster other areas of his squad as well.

And the transfer sum is not Emery’s only problem with the player’s £200,000 per week wages also a likely sticking point during the discussions.

After missing out on UEFA Champions League football for the third straight year Gunners are in the situation where they have a roster on Champions League wages but aren’t reaping the financial benefits of being in the competition.