Manchester United have long been linked with a new centre-back.

There would be some wonderful additions out there – most notably Dayot Upamecano or Kalidou Koulibaly. But both would come at a hefty price.

The Frenchman would be considerably cheaper than the Senegalese star. Yet there is another option who has barely been mentioned. And he may only cost around £13.7million.

According to Mundo Deportivo, that is how much Barcelona want for Jean-Clair Todibo this summer.

And, in a summer of potential bargain, this could be the biggest of the lot.

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Todibo is only 20 and has huge potential. He may not be the left-footed centre-back some United fans crave. But he has the potential to be one of Europe’s best young defenders.

Blighted by injury since his switch to Spain, Todibo reminded everyone what he is capable of during a loan spell in Germany last season.

With no future at the Nou Camp, Todibo looks set to leave this summer and England could be the ideal destination.

It would be a risky, with Todibo’s Schalke spell cut short by a groin injury. But, if he can shake off those problems he could reach the very top.

 

Out with the old

United should wave goodbye to Chris Smalling in the coming days. While Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have no future in the first-team fold.

Teden Mengi and Axel Tuanzebe will be hoping to get plenty of game time at Old Trafford this season. Yet the former is inexperienced and the latter has had injury woes of his own.

Todibo is two years younger than Tuanzebe but has put in some wonderful performances when available.

He is also versatile, with the ability to play not only in the heart of defence, but also as a holding midfielder or a full-back.

That is a lot of potential value for a relatively small outlay.

If a deal can be done for just under £14million, it seems a no-brainer for a club that clearly won’t spend over the odds in the current climate.

Todibo may not be the headline name some fans are clamoring for. But, in time, that is exactly what he can become.

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