Arsenal decided not to continue with a deadline day move of Barcelona forward Malcom after learning the fee for his services, a report suggested.
The 21-year-old forward has played just 118 minutes in La Liga this campaign with his one start coming in a 4-3 home defeat to La Liga outfits Real Betis.
Even on this occasion he was subbed off on 57 minutes as Valverde continues to ignore the ex-Bordeaux star.
The Sun claimed recently that the North London asked if a loan deal for Brazilian forward was possible during negotiations over a potential move for Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez.
Now, the Sun state the North London club all for a deadline day move for Brazilian attacker, but they were put off when the Spanish giants revealed that they would demand a loan fee, for his signature if there was not contract to buy in the summer.
The Brazilian has joined Barcelona from Bordeaux for £36.5million during the summer transfer window, and the report claimed that both Arsenal and Spurs “were astonished by the size of the loan fee Barcelona were demanding, so decided to walk away”.
It has been reported recently that Spanish giants hold a £50m valuation of Malcom with the forwards long-term future still up in the air.
Instead, Suarez has joined the North London club on deadline day after agreeing to a loan move after the season ends.