Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere knows Jean-Clair Todibo is in talks over a deptarture but hopes to see the Premier League-linked Manchester United target stay put.

And, over the weekend, Fabrizio Romano had some good news for the Ligue 1 outfit.

Manchseter United, Romano reported on Saturday afternoon, had made contact with Bayern Munich regarding a deal for Benjamin Pavard. Alongside Jean-Clair Todibo, World Cup winner Pavard is among Ten Hag’s top targets should Harry Maguire seal his £30 million move to West Ham.

And the United boss appears to have settled on the latter rather than the former. For all of Todibo’s potential, he cannot match Pavard’s versatility, experience or trophy haul. The former Stuttgart man has accumulated no fewer than 14 pieces of silverware – the World Cup and the Champions League among them – and feels distinctly more attainable too with less than 12 months left on his Bayern Munich contract.

Todibo, in contrast, has four years remaining on his own deal.

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And, speaking to Amazon Prime, Nice’s president has opened up on his desire to retain the former Barcelona youngster beyond the September deadline.

“Today, we hope to keep him,” Rivere says. “We know he is in touch with different European clubs, but our intention is to keep him.

“But until the transfer window is over, we can’t say anything with certainty.”

Nice’s new head coach – Francesco Farioli – offered a similar response when asked about the £25 million-rated Todibo’s future last week too. 

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“He is one of the most talented players in the team, just like Khephren Thuram,” Farioli, who was linked with both the Celtic and Rangers jobs over the last 12 months, tells Get French Football News.

“We hear and read a lot of rumours about players leaving. We want to have both of them until the end of the season. That’s what the (Nice) management wants as well.

“As long as they’re here – for as long as possible I hope – they have to concentrate on the club, even for their own individual journey. Everything will depend on what they can do for OGC Nice. We’re working as usual, and we’ll see on 31st August.”

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