According to RMC Sport reporter Loic Tanzi, there is now a total agreement between Barcelona, Benfica and Nice regarding a transfer that will see defender Jean-Clair Todibo switch loan clubs.
Tanzi reports that Todibo will now head to the Cote d’Azur – the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France, where a medical will take place.
Spanish publication Marca reported yesterday that Barcelona were hoping to find a new loan deal for the centre-back before Monday’s transfer deadline and that now seems to have been sorted.
The issue at hand was the €2m loan fee that Benfica paid to take the 21-year-old on loan in the summer transfer window, in a two-year loan deal that also included a €20m permanent transfer option.
Todibo has endured a nightmare in Portugal though, the promising talent has only featured once in each of the nation’s domestic cup competitions this season, with it clear he’s not admired by Jorge Jesus.
— Loïc Tanzi (@Tanziloic) January 31, 2021
Todibo burst onto the scene with Toulouse in Ligue 1, leading Barcelona to swiftly capture the ace for a bargain fee in January 2019 – though he’s made just five first-team appearances for the Blaugrana since.
Considering that a dire spell at Benfica followed a mixed loan with Schalke for the second-half of last season that was blighted by injury troubles, a return to his homeland may be best for Todibo right now.
Nice sit 13th in the French top-flight after a defeat this afternoon to Saint-Etienne, Todibo could be a handy addition and an exciting one as he will team up with former France Under-20s teammate and big-money Arsenal star, William Saliba, who is currently on loan to the Eagles.
A move back to the nation where he was born and raised could be the perfect recipe for success for Todibo after a difficult year or so, as he’s struggled to really kickstart his professional career.