ARSENAL are desperate to sign Barcelona flop Malcom on loan but the La Liga champions are demanding £50million upfront, according to reports.
The 22-year-old remains a key target for Unai Emery this summer but the cash-strapped Gunners are restricted by their £45m budget.
The North London side were chasing the winger during his spell at Bordeaux, before he opted to make the move to Catalonia.
But the £37m star made just six league starts for the Spanish club last season, who are now looking to free up funds to re-sign his compatriot Neymar.
This means that Barcelona are unwilling to let Arsenal take Malcom on loan and are seeking £50m for the star, according to the Express.
SunSport revealed that his representatives were in London last week for negotiations but the two parties are miles away from agreeing terms.
The Gunners are keen — as we revealed in January — but the fee coupled with the 22-year-old’s £200,000-a-week wages are too high.
Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the forward and he could figure in a deal if Neymar returns to the Nou Camp.
SunSport have reported that Arsenal chiefs are set to hold showdown talks with billionaire owner Stan Kroenke in a desperate plea to increase their budget.
SunSport revealed the Gunners have launched a £25m bid for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.
Having seen an initial £15m offer rebuffed, Emirates chiefs are now willing to up their bid by £10m and secure the biggest deal in Scottish football.
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