Barcelona, one of the biggest and most successful football clubs in the world, is reportedly ready to sell one of its loanee players at a discounted price of around €12 million. The player in question is Jean-Clair Todibo, a French central defender who is currently on loan at Nice.
Todibo was signed by Barcelona from French club Toulouse in January 2019 for a reported fee of €1 million. However, the 21-year-old has struggled to establish himself in the Barcelona first team and has been loaned out to Schalke, Benfica, and now Nice. His performances at Nice have somewhat mixed, with some impressive displays mixed in with some errors.
Barcelona’s decision to sell Todibo at a discounted price is likely due to financial concerns. The club is in a difficult financial position due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with revenue streams significantly reduced. Selling Todibo at a discount would enable Barcelona to raise some much-needed funds while also offloading a player who is surplus to requirements.
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The decision to sell Todibo also suggests that Barcelona is not planning on using him in their squad in the future. With Barcelona’s financial position unlikely to improve significantly in the near future, the club is likely to focus on promoting young players from its academy rather than spending money on transfers.
Despite Todibo’s inconsistent form at Nice, he is still a highly regard loanee by many in the football world. He has been compare to Barcelona legend Gerard Pique due to his style of play. Many believe that he has the potential to become a top-class defender.
Todibo’s potential, combined with his relatively low price, is likely to attract interest from other clubs. Several clubs have already been link with Todibo, including Premier League side Everton, and Italian club AC Milan.
If Todibo does leave Barcelona, it will be a disappointment for the player. Who has spoken about his desire to succeed at the club. However, it may be the best move loanee for his career. A move to a club where he will be a regular starter could be the making of him. Allowing him to develop and fulfill his potential.
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