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Barcelona could benefit financially as Man United line up January move for former defender

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Jean-Clair Todibo was one of the most sought-after defensive prospects during the summer transfer window, thanks to an excellent 2022/23 campaign with OGC Nice.

The former Barcelona defender was in very high demand but ended up remaining at Nice. However, as we approach the January transfer window, everything suggests Todibo could pack his bags, in favour of a move to a bigger club.

Manchester United could attempt to sign Todibo

According to Fabrizio Romano (h/t Diario SPORT), Manchester United are among the clubs that could make an attempt to sign Jean-Clair Todibo in January.

The Premier League giants are desperate for defensive reinforcements following Harry Maguire’s poor performances. This has been coupled with Lisandro Martinez’s injury woes.

As a result, Manchester United are languishing in mid-table positions in the Premier League, putting more pressure on coach Erik ten Hag.

A man in demand (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Signing a new defender, therefore, could be the need of the hour. And that is where Jean-Clair Todibo comes into the fray. The Frenchman has proven his mettle during his time at OGC Nice and could be an excellent option for Man United in January.

Barcelona stand to gain

Barcelona are set for an economic boost, should Todibo join Manchester United or any other club in January. That is because the club had set a 20% sell-on fee when he initially joined Nice on a permanent deal.

Aside from Todibo’s great demand in the market, another factor that is playing into Barça’s hands is Nice’s high valuation of the player.

The defender, after all, still has a contract until 2027, meaning Nice have no intention of offloading him on a cut-price deal.

Todibo’s market price in the summer was close to around €30 million. But that should only increase come the January transfer window, potentially helping Barcelona generate a revenue of up to €8-10 million.

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