Barcelona Winger Malcom Reveals Tough Childhood & Pays Moving Tribute to His Family in TV Interview

?Barcelona winger Malcom has expressed his deep gratitude to his family, without whom it wouldn’t have been possible for him to pursue a football career.


Speaking to La Blaugrana’s TV channel, and quoted by Spanish daily ?AS, Malcom insisted that he owed his family more than he could ever repay them. “My family comes first, they did a lot for me,” he said, adding: “No matter how much I do for them, it’s not a third of what they deserve, but I will try to help them.”


In particular, the 21-year-old recounted the way in which his grandmother helped him: “I don’t know if people know it but my grandmother used to sell cooking pans so I would have money to train,” he revealed.

This story gives an insight into the tough everyday realities of life for low income families in the Sao Paulo favela where Malcom grew up. However, it also reveals his family’s determination to help him to fulfil his potential.

From an early age, it was clear that Malcom had exceptional talent. As revealed in the same interview, he was one of 100 boys aged 10 or 11 who took a trial at legendary club Corinthians. “You had ten minutes to show your qualities,” he explained.


Evidently, he succeeded. Malcom was one of just three boys who passed the trial, and he stayed at Corinthians from 2008 to 2015 before moving to Ligue 1 club Bordeaux.

Yet, in some ways, joining Corinthians was a mixed blessing for Malcom, who said that he ‘lost the end of his childhood’, although he is now trying to make up for lost time with his friends.

In any case, both his sacrifices and those of his family seem to have paid off – Barca were prepared to pay €41m to secure his services this summer, and he was also coveted by several ?Premier League sides, including ?Arsenal and ?Liverpool.


Report Reveals Size of Buy-Back Clause Barcelona Added to Yerry Mina Everton Transfer

?Barcelona confirmed that a buy-back clause was inserted into the deal that saw centre-back Yerry Mina sold to Everton for an initial €30.25m, meaning that the Colombian could still have a future at Camp Nou if he thrives in England and the Catalans see fit to take him back.

Despite disclosing the transfer fee, Barça did not reveal at what price the buy-back clause is set, but a report from Marca has claimed that it is €60m (£53.9m).

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Having only made the move to Europe in January after joining Barça from Brazilian club Palmeiras and playing relatively little football in Spain, Mina is largely unknown to English audiences but for a dramatic late goal he scored against the Three Lions at the World Cup.

Upon joining Everton, Mina told evertontv, “It is important that the club want to fight for something. This is why I am here.

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“I have watched the Premier League for a long time. It is the best league in the world. This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to competing here.

“I know about Everton’s players and I look forward to being able to play with my new team. I have spoken a lot to the coach and I know his passion for Everton and determination to be successful. I am also determined to do my best for Everton.”

Mina wasn’t alone in making the switch from Camp Nou to Goodison Park this week, with Barça midfielder Andre Gomes also joining Everton after agreeing a loan move. Meanwhile, Lucas Digne left Barça to sign for Everton earlier in the summer.


Barcelona Confirm Midfielder Andre Gomes Will Join Everton on Season-Long Loan Deal

Barcelona have announced that Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes will move on a season-long loan to Everton, with the ?Premier League side agreeing to pay €2.25m for his temporary signature.

The 25-year-old has failed to establish himself in Barça’s midfield since joining from rivals Valencia two years ago, making just 46 appearances in the league during that time. 

His lack of game time resulted in his exclusion from Portugal’s World Cup squad this summer, just two years after he helped his country win the 2016 European Championships.

The announcement of his signing comea amidst a flurry of late activity on Merseyside, as the club also confirmed the acquisitions of former Shakhtar Donetsk winger Bernard on a free transfer, alongside fellow Barcelona player Yerry Mina for £28.5m.

The Blaugrana pair were reported to have conducted their medicals simultaneously in the Spanish city, after Evertonian emissaries had flown over to finalise the deals.

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That takes the Merseyside club’s cumulative summer transfer window business up to five, following the previous acquisitions of Watford’s Richarlison and ?Barcelona’s Lucas Digne for a combined £58m.


Barcelona Star Yerry Mina Completes Everton Switch as La Liga Champions Confirm €30m Move

??Everton appear to have completed the signing of ?Barcelona defender Yerry Mina after months of ongoing speculation.

The Toffees have reached an agreement to sign Mina on a permanent deal, for a fee of just over €30m. The deal includes an option for Barça to re-sign the player, a procedure that has become familiar with deals involving the La Liga champions.

Mina  joins Brazilian attacking midfielder Bernard in the arrivals lounge at Goodison Park, after the former Shakhtar Donetsk star signed a four-year deal with the club earlier in the day.

A statement on ?Barcelona’s official website read: “FC Barcelona and Everton FC have reached an agreement over the transfer of the player Yerry Mina. The English club will pay FC Barcelona 30.25 million euros plus 1.5 million euros in variables. The Club reserves the right to buy back the player.

“FC Barcelona would like to publicly express their thanks to Yerry Mina for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future.”

23-year-old Mina arrives at Goodison Park off the back of an impressive World Cup campaign with Colombia, where he scoring a remarkable three goals.

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The 6’5″ centre back only joined Barcelona from Brazilian side Palmeiras in January, for a reported fee of €11.8m. The Catalans have made a healthy profit as a result of selling Mina, despite the Colombian only making five appearances in ?La Liga.


BBC Correspondent Claims Reports of Last Minute Arsenal Bid for Ousmane Dembele Are ‘False’

BBC corespondent David Ornstein has suggested that ??Arsenal’s proposed bid for ?Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele was false and that the Gunners have no interest in signing the youngster.

Dembele joined Barcelona last summer for an initial £96.8m but injuries and poor form saw him fall out of favour with the Catalan giants. 

There have been plenty of rumours suggesting that he will be on his way out this summer and Arsenal were said to be one club who were interested in snapping up the 21-year-old.

Spanish news outlet ?Mundo Deportivo reported that Dembele was set to be the subject of a late bid from Arsenal, with the Gunners looking to pay £10m to sign the winger on loan for the season. The north London side were then said to be looking to pay a further £90m next summer if they wanted to sign him on a permanent basis.

However, BBC correspondent David Ornstein claimed these rumours are false and that Arsenal completed their transfer dealings a month ago. He also suggested that Arsenal may have been been interested in a deal but bringing in Dembele was never a realistic aim.

?The news may come as a blow to Arsenal fans who would have seen Dembele as their marquee signing this summer. It hasn’t been all doom and gloom this summer for the north London outfit and they have already strengthened their current squad with the likes of Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira.

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Arsenal already have plenty of options in attack, so the fact that they won’t be making a bid for Dembele should’t be too much of an issue.