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Barcelona could pocket around €15 million through sell-on clause

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Less than three months remain before the summer transfer window commences, and Barcelona are in a race against time to generate funds.

The Catalans’ financial woes leave them in a tricky spot ahead of the June market, for even big-player sales may not give them enough room to bring in suitable replacements.

In such a scenario, any source of passive income is a welcome development in Catalonia, and SPORT report that Barcelona could well receive such a boost through former defender Jean-Clair Todibo.

An unsolved mystery

Todibo signed for Barcelona from Toulouse in January 2019 hyped as one of the best young defensive talents in the game. He made two appearances for the first team that season, but found himself ostracised despite good performances.

The following season saw him further out of the limelight with just 80 minutes in La Liga and 90 in the UCL. His best performance in a Blaugrana shirt was against Inter Milan at San Siro where he completed a staggering 27 defensive actions in a game.

Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde’s decision to deprive him of minutes at the time is an unsolved mystery, and the player was sent on a series of loans to Schalke, Benfica and Nice, whom he joined permanently.

Todibo has risen to new heights after leaving Barcelona. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Todibo is currently a regular starter for the French club and has established himself as one of the league’s best defenders, attracting attention from clubs across the world.

A sell-on clause

While Barcelona may have indeed lost out on a talented player by their mishandling of Todibo’s situation, they do hold a 25% sell-on clause on the player’s future.

The Catalans will thus pocket a quarter of any transfer fee paid for the youngster in his transfer from Nice, and the Spanish outlet report that it could reach a whopping €15 million.

After all, several Premier League clubs hold a keen interest in Todibo and are willing to offer €60 million to €70 million for his signing this summer.

The passive income flowing in for Barcelona is thus big news for Joan Laporta & co., for they could well reap one reward from the previous board amidst the financial mess they inherited.

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