PSG had hoped to sign Malcom for free

L’Équipe are reporting that Paris Saint-Germain sporting adviser Luis Campos had hoped to sign Zenit Saint-Petersburg winger Malcom (25) on a free during the January transfer window. 

The Brazilian winger was one of several targeted during the transfer window. PSG’s attack needed reinforcements following Pablo Sarabia’s departure to Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in the window. Malcom, Olympique Lyonnais’s Rayan Cherki, PSV Eindhoven’s Johan Bakayoko and Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech were all targeted. The latter almost signed for Les Parisiens on deadline day, and would have done if not for a series of administrative errors from the loaning club – Chelsea. 

PSG’s pursuit of Malcom preceded their move for Ziyech. It has now been revealed that the Ligue 1 leaders believed that they could sign the player for free. The Portuguese sporting adviser was hoping to use the FIFA rule put into place which allows players of Russian and Ukrainian clubs to temporarily cancel their contracts. That rule, which was introduced after war broke out between the two countries, is valid until June 2023. 

That would have allowed Malcom to sign for PSG as a free agent. However, upon studying Malcom’s contract, it was discovered that the Russian club had inserted a clause into the player’s extension last summer, which stipulates that he can’t make himself a free agent, thus allowing Zenit to demand a €30m fee that PSG were unwilling and unable to meet. 

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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