FC Barcelona is seeking to find a suitor for center-back Jean-Clair Todibo and now has several teams keeping tabs on a possible deal, according to the Spanish-based outlet Mundo Deportivo.
According to the report, Todibo is well aware of the fact that the Catalan club is looking to sell him this summer. The report mentions that two teams recently submitted formal offers but does not mention which clubs have done so. However, Premier League sides Everton and Leicester City are keeping an eye on the transfer situation regarding the French talent. So far, neither side has entered into deep transfer negotiations with Barca.
The report mentions that the Catalan club may ask for €25 million in exchange for Todibo, although the figure is not one officially confirmed by the club. At the moment, Barcelona’s board wants to offload the talent but there is no rush to complete a deal with another team.
PSG has been one club most interested in a deal for the 20-year-old defender. According to a July report from Le10Sport, Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, reached out to Todibo’s agent in hopes of beginning the recruitment of the Frenchman. However, there have been no reports on any such talks between Leonardo and Barcelona’s board over a transfer deal for the defender.
Todibo is coming off of a half-season loan stint with Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04. He recorded 10 appearances in all competitions for Schalke, which included several starts in Bundesliga play. He was not able to establish himself as a clear starter for the club as injuries plagued his stint there. The late-season groin injury ended his campaign early, and he wound up returning to Barcelona after Schalke declined to trigger the buy option offered by the Catalan club.
At just 20, Todibo is largely viewed as an up-and-coming talent who has great potential as a physical, ball-winning center-back. And for PSG, he is just one of many defenders that the club is rumored to be in on, especially with the looming departure of Thiago Silva coming later this month.
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