Jean-Clair Todibo is the latest bright young player linked with a transfer to Manchester United.

Spanish outlet Sport report that United want the teenager, who is also of interest to AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen.

So who is Jean-Clair Todibo and what could he bring to Old Trafford?

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Here are five facts about the potential Old Trafford addition…


  1. Todibo plays for Barcelona and will turn 20 later this month.
  2. He has made two starts this season, including a Champions League win against Inter at the San Siro.
  3. Todibo is a central defender who helped Barca keep a clean sheet on his only La Liga start so far, a 4-0 home win over Sevilla.
  4. He was born in French Guiana and has represented France nine times at Under 20 level, forming part of the squad for last summer’s Under 20 World Cup in Poland.
  5. Todibo came through the ranks at Toulouse but joined Barcelona in January 2019, months before his deal with the Ligue 1 club was due to expire.

What they say

Barcelona Technical Secretary Eric Abidal said Todibo was “a player with a lot of potential. The situation in which he wasn’t playing at Toulouse was difficult.”

The player himself said to BeIn Sports, via Tribuna: “My arrival at Barca? It’s amazing. Three years ago, I was in Lilac. I was training alone with my older brother and now I am training with Leo Messi, Suarez, Gerard Pique.

“It’s huge. It is simply incredible and when you see the madness of the fans, when I arrived I only had played 10 Ligue 1 matches. I was not a confirmed player, but when you see the enthusiasm of the fans… it is incredible.”

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Where do United fit in?

The defeat at Watford underlined that United are still in need of defensive improvement.

Sport report that Todibo is not sure what he wants to do yet; he is frustrated about his lack of gametime at Barcelona but feels he is progressing well there.

Barca reportedly want to insert a buy-back clause which means they could bring him back to Spain within two seasons of his departure, but United are not interested in any arrangement of that nature.

As well as Leverkusen and Milan, Everton and Southampton are also named in the report as interested parties.

A fee of 20 million euros (£17 million) is quoted for a player who cost Barcelona 10 per cent of that fee under a year ago.

That’s an affordable price for a teenager who looks to have a lot of ability, but United’s reluctance to agree to a buy-back clause is understandable.

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