Malcom wants to leave Barcelona in summer - sources

Malcom wants to leave Barcelona at the end of the season with the club prepared to sell if they can recoup what they spent on him last summer, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

The Brazilian forward was set to join Serie A side Roma from Bordeaux until Barca swooped in with an eleventh-hour bid to take him to Camp Nou in a deal worth €40 million.

However, coach Ernesto Valverde appeared to suggest he didn't want the player by labelling him "a signing made by the club."

Since then, Valverde has offered Malcom very few opportunities to prove himself at Barcelona. Despite impressing with goals against Real Madrid and Inter Milan, he has started just eight games in all competitions. In total, he has made 19 appearances, scoring four goals.

The 21-year-old has remained positive throughout the season, insisting he will keep working hard to fight for a place in the team, but he has grown frustrated at his lack of game time.

Sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that he will look to move on in the summer, with his agents already offering him across Europe.

Roma, Inter and AC Milan have all shown an interest in the past, while Premier League sides Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal have also been linked. A move to China has not been ruled out, either.

Barca have no qualms with his attitude but acknowledge his situation is unlikely to change. He is competing for a place with Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho.

Therefore, the club are willing to let him go if a club is prepared to pay close to what they paid for him last July.

"He is a good footballer and has a good reputation," a club source told ESPN FC. "He's had the option to leave now for a while and we have to respect his decision. But Barca aren't going to give him away."

Meanwhile, former Barca president Sandro Rosell has been cleared of money laundering by a Spanish court.

Rosell, 54, spent 21 months in prison after being arrested in 2017 on charges of money laundering involving the sale of television rights for Brazil matches, while a sponsorship contract signed between Nike and Brazil was also under investigation.

However, he was released in February pending the conclusion of the trial, with prosecutors pushing for an 11-year prison term and a fine of nearly €60m.

A Spanish court ruled on Wednesday, though, that there was insufficient evidence to carry on with the case and acquitted Rosell, along with his business partner, Joan Besoli.