It’s no secret that Barcelona is looking at ways to generate revenue to balance the fair playbooks, and they may be receiving an unexpected boost thanks to the sale of Malcom, the Brazilian winger who left Spain for Russia back in 2019.
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg spent €40 million bringing Malcom to Russia, but as Barca so often do they inserted a sell-on clause into the contract.
According to a report by Mundo Deportivo, the clause promised 7.5% of any future profit would go to Barcelona, and with Al-Hilal reportedly close to sealing a €60 million deal, that would mean €1.5 million would be coming to the La Liga champions, based on the €20 million profit.
Malcom arrived at Barcelona with a lot of expectations, but the winger was never able to fulfil that promise at Camp Nou.
He started just 24 games in total (15 La Liga games) scoring 4 goals and registering 2 assists, and it quickly became apparent that his stay in Spain would be shortlived.
A new start at Zenit Saint Petersburg
Although he got off to a slow start in the Russian Premier League, Malcom has gone from strength to strength and finished as the competition’s top-scorer last year bagging 23 goals in 27 league matches.
His pace and power combination allowed him to overpower a lot of his opponents and while it didn’t work at Barca, he’s still an extremely skillful player with an eye for goal.
Those performances in Russia attracted the attention of Al-Hilal who have already signed centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, central-midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić and defensive midfielder Rúben Neves.
With all the talent at the back and in midfield, they’re looking for someone who can bag them a few goals, and based on Malcom’s recent performances, he can do just that.
The report indicated that the Brazilian could earn triple the wages he’s currently on in Russia if he does move to Saudi Arabia, which would be extremely hard to turn down.
Saudi clubs have reportedly shown interest in Barca duo Franck Kessie and Ousmane Dembélé, but both players have turned down the approach.