Manchester United are reportedly closing in on a move for OGC Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo, according to reports from France.

According to French outlet L’Equipe the French defender is nearing a move to Old Trafford this summer and would cost United around £35 million this summer.

The French defender had seemingly been a target for United before Erik ten Hag’s side seemingly switched their attention to Benjamin Pavard.

However, after Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Pavard looked set to make a move to Inter Milan, it seems United have turned their attention back to the former Barcelona defender.

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Maguire sale not needed

Bizarrely, according to the report in the French outlet, which doesn’t lead on the story which could mean it’s not as reliable, the lack of money received for Harry Maguire, who looks set to stay, isn’t an issue in the deal.

Indeed, despite Maguire’s move to West Ham United collapsing because of unpaid wages according to The Guardian, the move for Todibo is reportedly ‘in sight’.

Where the French defender would fit in remains to be seen. After the promising performances of Raphael Varane so far this season, it seems unlikely the former Real Madrid defender will be dropped for Todibo.

Can United afford Todibo

After the sales of Anthony Elanga to Nottingham Forest and Brazilian midfielder Fred to Fenerbahce, United have raised some funds.

The fee for Fred, according to the Manchester Evening News, is around £12.9 million. For Elanga, the fee is believed to be in the region of £15 million according to The Athletic.

Those two sales wouldn’t be enough for United to complete this deal. Dean Henderson could well be the final piece of the puzzle, the English goalkeeper is likely to move to Crystal Palace according to The Athletic.

United would then possibly generate enough sales to push for Todibo, although a midfielder is surely the more pressing need as things stand.

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