Newcastle United has reportedly shown interest in Jean Clair-Todibo, the defender from OGC Nice. The Toon boss, Eddie Howe, is keen on strengthening the squad and raising its overall quality ahead of their anticipated Champions League campaign next season.
Todibo’s journey led him to Nice after his loan contract with Barcelona and Benfica was mutually terminated on February 1, 2021. He joined Nice on loan with an option to buy, and on June 27, the move was made permanent as the club paid €8.5 million, with an additional €7 million in variables, to Barcelona. Barcelona also retained rights to a percentage of any future sale of Todibo.
During his time at Nice, Jean Clair-Todibo made a total of 84 appearances, showcasing his defensive abilities and contributing two goals to the team’s cause.
In March 2023, he received his first call-up to the senior national team of France, for the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying matches against the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland.
While Nice is open to parting ways with the former Barcelona defender, Newcastle United faces competition from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Napoli for his signature.
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OGC Nice values Todibo in the €40 million range, underlining their estimation of his talent and potential.
As the transfer negotiations unfold, it remains to be seen whether Newcastle United can successfully secure the services of Jean Clair-Todibo to bolster their defensive ranks. The competition from other interested clubs adds an intriguing dimension to the pursuit of the highly rated defender.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.